Premier League - Jones dedicates save to late son

Wed, 11 Apr 10:24:00 2012

Liverpool's third-choice goalkeeper saved a penalty with his first touch of the ball in the Premier League for three years, and dedicated the moment to his late son.

Brad Jones

Brad Jones's six-year-old son Luca died of leukaemia last November, and the goalie remembered him after saving the spot kick in Liverpool's 3-2 win against Blackburn on Tuesday night.

"It has been a difficult 18 months with my son passing away. That was for him," said the 30-year-old.

Jones was brought on to face Yakubu Ayegbeni's penalty after Doni was sent off for bringing down Junior Hoilett. The appearance offered a rare moment in the spotlight for the Australian keeper, who acquitted himself brilliantly by guessing correctly and grabbing the Blackburn striker's spot kick.

Former Middlesbrough star Jones explained that he used his experience of having played with Yakubu at the Riverside to help him save the spot kick.

"What was going through my mind? Many a Friday on the training pitch with Yakubu at Middlesbrough," he said.

"On Fridays we used to practise penalties a lot so I knew his style and luckily made the save."

The spot kick save helped Liverpool to a 3-2 win over Blackburn

"My girlfriend gave birth to a little boy so it has been a big week," added Jones, whose week will only get bigger as he is expected to start between the sticks in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Everton. Pepe Reina - sent off at the weekend for a headbutt - and Doni are both suspended, giving Jones his chance at Wembley.

"The semi-final is not something I have been thinking about. But it's a big game and it is about making sure I am focused," he said.

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