Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Filipino goalkeeper becomes first Southeast Asian player in English Premier League

Filipino goalkeeper becomes first Southeast Asian player in English Premier League

Neil Etheridge will be the first Southeast Asian to play in the Premier League after his club Cardiff City gained promotion in the world's most popular football league.

A 0-0 draw at home to Reading earlier in the day had been enough to secure second spot in the Championship, after Fulham lost at Birmingham, and the jubilant scenes straight after the final whistle were continued into the evening.

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Before the match Fulham needed to win at St Andrew's and hope that Reading deny Cardiff. "That time is all in the past now but it will never leave me because it's made me who I am today". "I've not slept for longer than about three hours".

Now the best in the business await what Neil Etheridge and his Cardiff City teammates can bring to what many consider as the best league in the world.

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz, Harlee Dean and Che Adam meant that Slavisa Jokanovic's side finish up on 88 points to Cardiff's 90, and they must now battle it out at Wembley along with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby County for the final remaining promotion.

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has revealed that he wants to "follow the formula" that Burnley have used in the Premier League.

Warnock proved to be a flawless fit for Cardiff, who play in the image of their gritty and no-nonsense manager.

That was the springboard for Etheridge to spend two seasons as Walsall's number one before Warnock signed the 28-year-old last summer on a free transfer. "I've got a great bunch of lads".

A legitimate chance came in the 19th minute for the hosts as midfielder Junior Hoilett narrowly missed a curling effort. Currently, Swansea is in the relegation zone, tied for points with Southampton with each having two games left.

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