Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce was delighted with the debut of Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson in last night's 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Hereford.
Blues looked to be cruising to victory after Garry O'Connor and Garry McSheffrey netted in the first half at St Andrews.
But the home side needed Ghana goalkeeper Kingson to make several fine saves after the break when Hereford reduced the arrears through Theo Robinson.
Bruce said: "We are pleased to get through. In the first half I was delighted with how we played. After the break we didn't do things properly and got sloppy.
"In football, if you think it is going to be easy you can get your backside kicked - and we nearly did. We owe a lot to our keeper.
"He made three or four really good saves and he is the big plus point of the night for me.
"We saw him last season in Sweden playing for FC Hammarby and we watched him play for Ghana last week. He is a very good keeper.
"He can be proud of his debut and he has given me a selection problem which is a nice situation for a manager to have."
Bruce was full of praise for the way League Two side Hereford attempted to play constructive football even when being outplayed in the opening 45 minutes.
He said: "I have seen lots of lower division teams just get the ball and lump it up the pitch.
"They tried to play football and that stems from the manager who plays football in the right way.
"His team played with no fear and they have some lively individuals. They made it into a bit of a cup tie. We didn't want that but all credit to them."