Dean Smith praised Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland after his performance against Leicester City on Wednesday night.
Villa secured an impressive 1-1 away draw against their Midlands rivals in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Frederic Guilbert put the visitors in front at the King Power Stadium in the first-half, before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho levelled the tie with his goal.
It means the contest is evenly poised ahead of the second leg on 28 January at Villa Park against Leicester.
Villa more than played their part in an exciting cup game in midweek with a number of strong individual display and they did have to do their fair share of defending at times.
Nyland proved his class in net against the likes of Jamie Vardy and his manager Smith gave him some really positive comments after the game.
“He (Nyland) is a good goalkeeper. He had a nasty injury when he was playing really well for us in the Championship. He’s had to be patient and fight his way back, and it was a really good performance tonight,” Smith said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Villa currently have Tom Heaton and Jed Steer sidelined through injury, which is why it fell to Nyland to fill in for a mammoth first leg cup fixture.
But the Norway international showed no signs of stage fright and pulled off a number of quality saves to deny Leicester.
The 29-year-old may be third in the pecking order for Villa’s goalkeeper, but is doing his best to show he should keep the starting position during the absence of his teammates.