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Championship 2011-2012 Goalkeeper Awards – Triple Award – Best Clean Sheets to Shots Ratio and Meanest Goakeeper: Maik Taylor

3 Awards this time for just one Goalkeeper. Showing that age is not a barrier for Goalkeepers to still perform at teh highest level. Maik Taylor wins the awards for:

  • Best Clean Sheets to Shots on Goal Ratio;
  • Meanest Keeper = No. Conceded to Shots on Goal; and
  • Meanest Keeper = Average Conceded per Games.
image from http://www.bexleytimes.co.uk

The following is a break down of the top 5 players in all three categories from www.goalkeepingitreal.co.uk:

  Player Club

Clean Sheets

Shots on Goal

% Clean Sheets vs Shots

1st Maik Taylor Millwall

6

56

10.71%

2nd Adriano Basso Hull City

6

67

8.96%

3rd Kelvin Davis Southampton

18

204

8.82%

4th Adam Federici Reading

20

248

8.06%

5th Peter Brezovan Brighton and Hove Albion

7

93

7.53%

  Player Club

Goals Conceded

Shots on Goal

% Conceded vs Shots

1st Maik Taylor Millwall

7

56

12.50%

2nd Steve Mildenhall Millwall

9

58

15.52%

3rd Vito Mannone Hull City

19

120

15.83%

4th Adam Federici Reading

41

248

16.53%

5th Julian Speroni Crystal Palace

43

248

17.34%

  Player Club

Games Played

Goals Conceded

Average conceded/ game

1st Maik Taylor Millwall

11

7

0.64

2nd Adam Federici Reading

46

41

0.89

3rd Adriano Basso Hull City

15

14

0.93

4th Kelvin Davis Southampton

46

46

1.00

5th Steve Mildenhall Millwall

9

9

1.00

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Punch or Catch?

In the Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion FA Cup match, we saw Peter Brezovan decide to Punch out in front of Goal rather than catch the ball. The result of which was that the ball was punched out to a Liverpool player. Which then came back into the danger zone and a couple of defensive errors later the ball was in the back of the net.

The commentators suggested that he (Brezovan) should have caught the ball. And even though in a previous blog I suggested that commentators should think about doing a goalkeeper coaching course, this time I agreed with them. He was at the right height to catch the ball. What’s more if you are going to Punch the ball you should at least make sure you punch it out to a great distance or to the side of the goal. This was seen where Tom Heaton of Cardiff City against the same team, Liverpool in the Carling Cup Final, punched strongly away from goal. Or as also seen in this picture where Jamie Langfield of Aberdeen punched the ball clear after being under immense pressure from Dundee United in the CIS Cup.

image from news.bbc.uk

However sometimes making the right call of punching doesn’t work out, as David Forde of Millwall found out in the match against West Ham. It was the correct decision made to punch especially with the pressured situation he was in, however like Peter Brezovan, the execution was not great.

Let’s not hold it against these keepers, as mistakes are made and as goalkeepers we live by our decisions. Bette still that we learn from these experiences and develop. Besides, when it comes to deciding whether to punch or catch often it’s an instinctive reaction that when executed correctly has great impact.

image from youngseagulls.co.uk

Coaching punching technique is the easy part. However this is another example of how imagery scripts can help in the decision-making process. By imagining different situations and how you would react to each and in training this in the mind so that when faced with such a situation you are as ready as you can be. But that then is the difficult part as however much we train our minds there can always be ‘that’ situation that we haven’t trained for that such a split second decision is made… With 1 of 2 outcomes… We can only pray it’s a good one! 😉

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