Tremmel praises defence as his watching brief continues on pitch
GERHARD Tremmel hailed the Swansea City defence for providing a wall of protection on only his second Premier League appearance.
Tremmel was pressed into emergency action just after Carlos Tevez handed Manchester City a 62nd-minute lead on Saturday.
Michel Vorm partially ruptured his adductor muscle while trying to stop that effort, ruling him out for up to eight weeks.
His understudy was thrust from the bench into the heat of battle, but barely had a save to make.
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Apart from Mario Balotelli's last-gasp effort which clipped the top of his bar, Tremmel had only a watching brief.
And afterwards he thanked his team-mates for a quiet evening.
"First of all, I hope that Michel gets well soon," said Tremmel.
"It's always a bit of a bad feeling when you come on because of an injury.
"Obviously I was waiting for my chance and it came on Saturday for a few minutes.
"Luckily I didn't have much to do because I was freezing. It was so cold to come from the bench to a night like that.
"I was sitting on the bench for 60 minutes and then I came on with only shorts on and a shirt.
"But the boys helped me with the way they played and that was good for me."
Tremmel signed a two-year contract after a successful trial period in the summer of 2011.
His only other top-flight outing came at Stoke last season when Vorm was ill.
Now Tremmel is set for an extended run in the team, with the Dutchman possibly sidelined for the rest of the year.
Tremmel has previously played in the Bundesliga for Hannover, Hertha Berlin and Energie Cottbus before a stint in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg.
He featured in both of Swansea's FA Cup matches last season and has started two Capital One Cup ties against Barnsley and Crawley this term.
The 33-year-old had played at the Etihad Stadium before when at Salzburg, who lost a Europa League tie 2-0 there back in 2010.
Swansea are entitled to feel a little aggrieved that Tremmel was also on the losing side two days ago.
Swansea had the better chances against Roberto Mancini's side as their counter-attack approach caused their hosts problems.
City nearly suffered two setbacks in a week following their Champions League defeat to Ajax last Wednesday.
Tremmel reckons Swansea can take heart from the fact they came so close to giving an all-star side a bloody nose on their own patch
"I think we deserved a point, especially in the second half when we showed some of our best play," said the keeper.
"The last pass maybe went astray a little bit, but I think we dominated in midfield, especially in the second half, and that is what we have to continue.
"They had a very difficult game in midweek in Amsterdam and it's always difficult to go from that back to your normal routine.
"To play a game against Swansea City makes it even tougher.
"We didn't have anything to lose and we tried to do our best."
Testament to Swansea's display was the frustration among home fans, who booed their side off at half-time.
And Roberto Mancini replaced Sergio Aguero with defender Joleon Lescott in the closing stages of the game as City clung to their slender advantage.
"We can take a lot of positives," added Tremmel.
"They created only one chance apart from the goal, while we had a lot of efforts but didn't end up with the goal."