Eddie Howe heaped praise on Adam Federici after the goalkeeper saved three penalties as Bournemouth scraped past Preston in the League Cup.
With the scores locked at 2-2 after 120 minutes of play, Federici thwarted Jordan Hugill, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson in the shoot out, meaning the Cherries triumphed 3-2 on penalties.
The Australia international joined the Premier League side from Reading in the summer, where he made a howler in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal in one of his final matches for the club.
“He’s an outstanding goalkeeper and he’s made some great saves there that’s got us through and the lads have shown great composure to score at the other end,” said Howe.
“He’s an outstanding, experienced international goalkeeper who we certainly believe in.
“He’s also a great character and brilliant with the lads, even though he’s not playing at the moment he’s certainly giving competition for places.”
Howe made nine changes to the team which won at Sunderland at the weekend, and the manager expressed his delight at his players’ character after twice being pegged back by the Championship outfit.
Shaun MacDonald and Marc Pugh twice gave Bournemouth the lead only for substitute Hugill and Johnson to force the tie to penalties.
“The pleasing thing from our perspective is we’ve been pegged back twice during the game but we’ve still had enough quality to come through and win the game,” Howe added.
“Credit to Preston, they never gave up. It’s a difficult place to come and win so we’re delighted to go through.”