GOALKEEPING coach Kevin Pressman says David Forde's Republic of Ireland plaudits are just reward for his consistent performances for Millwall this season.
Forde was dubbed Eire's number-one stopper by boss Giovanni Trappattoni last week after he kept a clean sheet against Poland in a 2-0 friendly victory.
And Pressman believes the 33-year-old's steady form at club level is paying off. He told NewsAtDen: "Trappatoni was right to say David is his number one.
"He's playing every game and he has the jersey, as they say. I'm sure it's been a psychological boost for him. He was on the fringes of the squad for a long time but now he's starting to play.
"Trappatoni's words are an indication of David's form and how well he's been doing."
Pressman added: "David is impressing me, he's doing really well. The ultimate thing for a 'keeper is consistency. He's in the side and he's producing that consistency now.
"His club performances have allowed him to excel in the international arena, and I thought he put in a very good performance against Poland.
"He's got the jersey at international level, but if his form falters at Millwall he'll suffer with Ireland."
Pressman joined the Lions in the summer after long-serving goalkeeping coach Tony Burns retired. But the Sheffield Wednesday legend says he has made very few changes since his arrival.
"I've not had to work on anything specific with David," he said. "When I came in, I identified things I wanted to work on with all of the 'keepers at the club.
"I sold my beliefs to them and tried to wok on the things that bring consistency. That's what I did as a player, but I'm not going to tell them, 'this is how I did things, now you do the same.'
"Ultimately, it is about making David a better 'keeper – and it is the same with Maik Taylor and Steve Mildenhall as well, because goalkeepers need competition to prevent complacency.
"They all know that one off day can lead to one of the others coming in and having a good run."
Forde believes Pressman has been a positive influence on his career. He said: "Kev has played at the top level – he's been there and done it. He's certainly helped in my progression.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him and I like his thoughts on goalkeeping. I have bought into his ideas."