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Handball is the key ingredient behind Schmeichel's super save.

Kasper Schmeichel has revealed the secret of his wonder save at Leicester City - playing handball in Denmark.

"My dad (Peter Schmeichel) and I both play handball and one of the key parts in that sport is to make yourself as big as possible when the opposition are going for goal," said Schmeichel junior.

"That's what I did against Leicester. I flung out my arms and thankfully the ball hit me and ran away to safety.

"It's nice that we have two clean sheets behind us now and obviously we must keep our concentration and cut out the silly mistakes we were making earlier on.

"It was those small mistakes that were doing us, but we always knew that if we kept working hard things would start to work in our favour.

"I'm the last person on the pitch and I'm always talking to the defenders in front of me giving them the bigger picture."

The Manchester City on loan 'keeper, who extended his original deal to the end of January, is happy with life in South Wales.

He said: "I could have easily sat at City (Manchester) and taken a wage, but I'm not like that, I want to play football and Cardiff gave me that opportunity."

And Schmeichel, who started for City in the Premiership, is impressed with life in the Championship at Cardiff, adding: "I've been surprised at the standard and been impressed at what I have seen and experienced so far."

Skipper Darren Purse has also been full of praise for Schmeichel.

"Kasper has done a superb job," said Purse.

"We have cut out the silly mistakes which had crept in and the result has been successive clean sheets against Ipswich and Leicester.

"We did a great job over the last couple of seasons, keeping 17 or 18 clean sheets, and we need a good run if we're going to get close to that mark again."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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