Daniel Iversen was the hero for Leicester City on Tuesday night as the former Preston stopper excelled in a penalty shootout against Stockport County.
Whilst Preston lost 2-1 away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, there were plenty of other Carabao Cup ties taking place up and down the country.
One that had real potential for a giant-killing saw Stockport County host Leicester City at Edgeley Park.
Leicester have endured a tricky start to their Premier League campaign whilst Stockport are hugely ambitious and conjured up a great cup night last season by knocking Bolton Wanderers out of the FA Cup.
Stockport’s league season hasn’t gone to plan so far, losing four times in five games, but they still gave Leicester a real game.
The Hatters withstood huge pressure from a star-studded Leicester lineup, featuring Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka amongst others.
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None of Leicester’s 26 shots ended up in the net so the game went to penalties – and that’s where former North End hero Iversen stole the show.
Iversen saved from Antonio Sarcevic, Scott Quigley and Kyle Wootton. Only one Stockport penalty beat Iversen, and that ironically came from a former Preston talent in Ryan Croasdale.
Three saves from four is a stunning display from Iversen and this may now lead to first-team action for the Dane.
Danny Ward has filled the void left by Kasper Schmeichel’s exit but hasn’t exactly impressed, enduring a particularly dismal display against Arsenal.
Preston fans have been left wondering just why Brendan Rodgers hasn’t been playing Iversen in the Premier League.
Iversen was truly outstanding in 18 months at Preston, winning last season’s Player of the Year award after some quality performances.
Rodgers has now admitted being ‘really impressed’ with Iversen, hailing his focus, concentration and maturity.
We would love to see Iversen now kick on and become Leicester’s first-choice goalkeeper as he certainly deserves that opportunity, with last night’s penalty heroics doing him no harm.