Watford’s in-form Ben Foster aims to emulate Edwin Van der Sar and play to age of 40

Watford's in-form Ben Foster aims to emulate Edwin Van der Sar and play to age of 40

“He could have gone on for ­another two or three years. I think he just got bored in the end. He was just too good – he was ­awesome.”

That is a fitting adjective to ­describe Foster’s own form this ­season and, following the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last week, he became the goalkeeper with the most saves to his name in Premier League history.

“I feel great to be honest with you, I think that is just something that does come with age. As a goalie you learn to forget about the fear factor of it all, you just learn to ­enjoy it and take it all in. 

“I’m perfectly happy and comfortable with who I am as a person, a goalkeeper, everything. I’ve always said about my knees but, touch wood, they’ve been really good recently. 

“So two, three, four more years hopefully, and reach the 40-year-old mark. I’m feeling great, I’m ­enjoying it.”

Brighton have amassed just six points from a possible 30 and are now only five points above the ­relegation zone.

“It’s probably not a fair reflection, but when the league finishes it’s about how many points you’ve got and if you’ve stayed up it’s ­because you’ve deserved to,” said Chris Hughton, their manager.

“This is a tough, demanding league and there isn’t anyone you can’t get points off, even in very tough games.”

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