Monthly Archives: September 2012

A New Season Brings New Challenges…

The new season kicked off at my Goalkeeper daughter’s u16 girls football team and as you’d expect with little match practice the start was slow… With a goal conceded just minutes into the match… She knew she should have done better. But after a poor start, she jumped fully into action, producing save after save, sometimes 2 or 3 saves in quick succession. So many saves as she had so many shots on goal… I felt quite sorry for her on the one hand, but immensely proud on the other.

With so many shots on goal could then suggest either that our team was poor or that the opposition team was just out of this world…

No disrespect to their opponents, they were good but not that good and even their manager commented that he hoped this game didn’t lull them into a false sense of security, as their next match will be tougher…

This would suggest that there were problems with our team, however every one of them gave their all, so it was not an issue with the team members. The problem was simple we had only 7 of the 9 players needed for the match, with at one point, through injury only 6 players.

For this is the problem as kids get older, players either move on (we lost one to a Premiership Academy!) or their interests change or they get disillusion. Disillusionment is not the case… Well not yet anyway…

In this game even though after the first goal conceded, my daughter played outstandingly well, with parents and players applauding her, with so many shots on goal it was difficult to keep the score line so low… They lost 12-0 😦

It was clear to see through the match that the talent was there, they were just 2-3 bodies light, in the build up or defensive play… They were over-run and then ultimately exhausted come the final whistle.

My hope now is that we get more players in, as similar future score lines are going to hit them massively psychologically… This bunch of players do not deserve this… Even though it does mean my Goalkeeper daughter does get a lot of practice!

Deadline Day – Premiership Goalkeeping Headaches

We knew he was a talent prior to the European Championships and then witnessed as to why he is one of the worlds best Goalkeepers keeping the score low for the French. Now former Olympique Lyonnais Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris comes to the Premiership So we can watch in awe as he steps between the sticks for Tottenham Hotspur… Oh hang on a minute… Spurs already have a top class Goalkeeper in Brad Friedel… He might be 41 but he is still top class. This surely would give any Manager a selection headache having two great Goalkeepers… But what a fantastic headache for any manager to have… Although spending £11.9m on Lloris would suggest that it won’t be long before Brad has to make way… Even though his heroics this weekend against Norwich, kept the score line down… how could he be sidelined?

And what of QPR… They sign England Goalkeeper Robert Green at the start of the season  to replace the outgoing Paddy Kenny (now at Leeds United). A Goalkeeper with a decent Goalkeeping record in the Premiership. Coming to QPR from West Ham, after an impressive 15 clean sheets for the Hammers last term… And although he has made the headlines for England, sometimes for the wrong reasons, he still remains great back up for Joe Hart in the England Squad… A useful acquisition then for QPR. However deadline day  saw free spending QPR sign another great Goalkeeper, Brazilian Julio Cesar from Inter Milan. Will that also mean sidelining one talent for another.

Ok there is some method in the madness, of which some other clubs could learn from (those with complacent Goalkeepers), that having another talent on the bench could push the man between the sticks to perform better for fear of losing their place… It can work well, but if the Goalkeeper between the sticks then performs well enough to stay in goal, eventually (if not there for the pay cheque) the Goalkeeper on the bench starts to grumble, which either results in the occasional cameo appearance to appease them or that they start to look for the exit… Like Shay Given did after being in Joe Hart’s shadow for so long…

Shame we can’t play more than one Goalkeeper in one team… After all, they do say that some Goalkeepers are frustrated strikers at heart. Perhaps swapping positions in a match 😉

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