It took less than a second for Thomas Sorensen to save a penalty by Jermain Defoe on Saturday but the intervention, as timely as it was proficient, was born of a lifetime of experience.
Sorensen, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, produced a superlative display to ensure that his team drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur. Had it not been for his counterpart, Paul Robinson, Villa would have sewn the match up in the first half.
It was, Sorensen said, "a day for goalkeepers" but his penalty save set him apart on an evening when there were no weak links in either side.
Defoe's penalty, given in the 27th minute after Wilfred Bouma was adjudged to have handled the ball, would have beaten most goalkeepers but Sorensen acted as if he had advance knowledge of where the shot was going.
"I was more or less sure that he was going to strike it where he did and then it is a case of getting him to strike it there," Sorensen. "I've got my own theory about things. It has worked well for me and you need a bit of luck, as well.
"Some of the good players will look at the goalkeeper until the last minute, even the last second and then switch. I watch videos and you have got a rough idea of where their favourite side is. I am not going to give away my secret."
Bouma was the most relieved man in the stadium when Sorensen saved the penalty.
"I felt a sense of injustice," the Holland international defender said. "I did not expect the referee to give a penalty." Whatever, there was never going to be a goal feast on the day, for the goalkeepers were the best players on the pitch.
"The goalkeepers have had good games," Sorensen said. "I think the strikers will be a bit disappointed. We needed a response after a very disappointing game at West Ham and we got that. We should have scored a few goals.
"We should have sealed the game in the first half. We had some good chances, Robinson made some good saves but again you need to take these when you are on top and we paid for it in the end. It could have been 4-4 or 5-5.
"Paul Robinson has done ever so well. There is a lot of pressure with being the England 'keeper. Everything is looked at. He has handled himself on and off the field very well and he proved again that he is a matchwinner, because I thought he kept them in the game for a long time."
"We played as if we had something to prove. We all let the club down on Monday [when Villa lost 4-0 away to West Ham United] and you could see there was a different determination and hopefully we have learnt from that because the Monday performance should never be repeated.
" The manager [ David O'Leary] didn't say much after Monday, because we were well aware that, if we didn't play well today, that there would be a lot of changes. We played for the team and for ourselves, as well.
"Competition is good and everyone feels with the squad we have got now that there is always someone waiting to get in and that's the way it should be.
"There is more competition for places. Bouma went off and Jlloyd [Samuel] came in and, for him, it is competition now and upfron,t we have three or four good strikers. That, hopefully, is what will drive us forward."
Sorensen made a string of fine saves, but could do little when Robbie Keane equalised for Tottenham in the 78th minute after James Milner had given Villa the lead in the fourth minute.
"It was a very good finish by Keane," Sorensen said. "I think both goals were very good finishes. It was a tremendous strike by Milner and with Keane, you can never give him that much space in the box."