Mathew Ryan has revealed how he was one step ahead of opposite number Jack Butland amid drama at Stoke.

Ryan put a brand new pair of gloves to great use by keeping out Charlie Adam’s 90th-minute spot kick.

He spoke to England keeper Butland after the game and wished him well for the run-in and the World Cup.

The Argus:

But he said that, rather than about the game, most of the chat was real goalkeepers union stuff – about what they were wearing.

Ryan told The Argus: “We were having a chat about the new Nike gloves which have come out.

“They are a new style and I was asking him why he wasn’t wearing them.

“He was one of the bigger names who was endorsing them.

“It’s a new style, looks a bit like a rubber glove. It’s a tighter fit.

“He told me Nike isn’t allowing him to wear them until the World Cup starts.”