Manchester United keeper David de Gea would have been proud of what Portsmouth talent did

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ANDRE GREEN surveyed Craig MacGillivray’s save at the death against Rochdale and declared: It was David de Gea-esque.

The keeper pulled off a superb added-time stop to ensure Pompey booked their spot in the FA Cup third round.

Craig MacGillivray

Craig MacGillivray

After Green grabbed Pompey a 90th-minute lead, Dale went close to taking the tie to a Fratton Park replay. Ian Henderson’s shot was heading for the far corner but MacGillivray acrobatically dived to his left to deny the Rochdale skipper.

Green thought Henderson’s effort was going to force a replay and the Aston Villa loanee saluted the Scot – comparing the save to something Manchester United and Spain stopper de Gea would pull off.

‘I was stood just on the edge of the box and I thought that it was going in,’ said Green.

‘But it was like a David De Gea save when he just claws one out of the goal.

‘He made a save like that the other day - it was like that, a crazy save. Craig is a fantastic goalkeeper so you expect that from him.’

MacGillivray has been impressive during his maiden Fratton season after arriving on a free transfer from Shrewsbury in the summer.

He’s recorded nine clean sheets in 21 appearances, playing a key role in Pompey’s League One title charge and their FA Cup progress.

MacGillivray was honed in the non-league game but Green - who graduated from Villa’s academy - feels the 25-year-old looks every bit a third-tier player.

He added: ‘When you come from non-league football, you only ever worked as hard as you possibly can. I’m not saying that players from the top end down don’t do that but you know that (in non-league) you’ve got to try as hard as you possibly can to keep going to stay in the game.

‘To come from where Craig came from, he does not look like a non-league player. He looks like a League One player and not anything below that.

‘When you’ve got a keeper like him who comes and collects the ball, it gives the whole team a breather.’