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Goalkeeper scapegoating - the new season is now open
23 August 2017 07:53 Post ID: #604444
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With an inevitability of the sun rising each morning in the East, the first competitive goal conceded by City's new keeper has resulted in the starting gun sounding on Golkeeper Scapegoating Season

Starting with the commentators on Sky ("questions are going to be raised about a new goalkeeper here") it was promptly echoed by our very own Ped who appears to have made up his mind on the basis of very little evidence and leading the charge to once again to undermine confidence in the club's No1 goalkeeper. Last year it we had the sustained use of a classic bullying tactic - pick a derogatory nickname for someone and continue to use it until you provoke the subject of the baiting to punch you. I await with interest what comic nickname emerges this season. Based on this comment in his report I am sure he must be feverishly working on one right now....

"The goalkeeper, Ederson looks just as much a nervous entity as Bravo did last year. Purchased for his fancy footwork, how come he couldn`t use it to prevent Shrek`s softish toe-poke going in?"

Firstly I am sure the lad was nervous - it was his first home debut after all - but I saw little evidence of it in his performance. Some nerves are to be expected, he is young, it is a big stage, expectations are high. He seemed assured with the ball at his feet, never panicked, made some decent saves and played one superb long ball to find Sergio in the second half. Secondly and more importantly he very nearly saved Rooney's well struck SIDE footed shot at pace from 8 yards out. He moved his feet quickly and far from "allowing the ball to squirm through his legs" he actually got his right boot to the ball and deflected it onto the post before it cannoned into the net at pace. A slight change of angle on his contact and it could have gone for a corner. The margins are thin but he actually nearly pulled off a great stop. The ball did NOT "squirm" through his legs à la Masiimo Taibi for the rags all those years ago which is what the description sounds like.

As this MEN article points out the goal came from collective defensive errors from Sane in not dealing with the headed pass from Kompany, the club captain himself for being drawn to the ball instead of leaving the edge of the box closing to Fernandinho who was already doing that job, perhaps Fernandinho for going to ground thinking a shot was imminent, Stones for his positioning (although these points are perhaps hyper-critical) and Silva for filigto continue tracking Rooney's run from midfield (although Merlin had just struck the post at the other end so maybe someone else could have shared the defensive work).

"Why Man City goalkeeper Ederson was made the scapegoat for Wayne Rooney's goal"

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news...

As others have pointed out, had we not squandered several good chances before the opposition manage to be far more clinical with their finishing than our own side, perhaps the inevitable spotlight of what happens when that rare opportunity arises might be dimmed somewhat. The keeper is always the focus when perhaps the collective failure of the team to maximise the chances carved out should be more the subject of discussion.

I hope the hunting rifles can be put aside and we can shut down Goalkeeper Scapegoating Season early on. We do not want a of last season's drip drip drip undermining one of our players.
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23 August 2017 07:59 Post ID: #604445 - in reply to #604444
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The seeds have been sown, the job now is to pick him apart until the grumbling and groaning becomes audible from the crowd, then watch as the keeper loses confidence and his form turns to shit.

Impeccable!
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23 August 2017 11:29 Post ID: #604453 - in reply to #604444
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Peds entire article was a pile of shite, so wouldn't waste time worrying about his criticism of individuals
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23 August 2017 11:39 Post ID: #604455 - in reply to #604444
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I am glad I am not alone in that conclusion
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25 August 2017 11:42 Post ID: #604614 - in reply to #604444
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I thought he was unlucky to concede, and agree with Skoorb's general points. Fine margins.
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25 August 2017 12:34 Post ID: #604626 - in reply to #604444
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Once JFE gets here, no-one will get near our goal anyway
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25 August 2017 13:32 Post ID: #604627 - in reply to #604445
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Bluedub - 23/8/2017 07:59

The seeds have been sown, the job now is to pick him apart until the grumbling and groaning becomes audible from the crowd, then watch as the keeper loses confidence and his form turns to shit.

Impeccable!


absolutely, open season but only on City Goalkeepers.
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25 August 2017 15:37 Post ID: #604630 - in reply to #604444
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The goal conceded by Lloris against Arsenal was alluded to but I do not recall there being a massive debate about his fitness to be selected for Spurs. He may have more PL experience but has made **ck up's before including a hospital pass out of defence which led to Navas scoring after 15 seconds at the Etihad a few seasons back. Pickford in Monday's game played a pretty sh*t ball out himself which nearly led to a goal {I think it ended in a weak shot from Jesus} but they singularly failed to develop any notion that he might not be 'good enough for this league'.

It seems they are just waiting for this guy to fail and are desperate to paint Pep as a guy who can't be trusted to pick a 'keeper for this league' because it fits the narrative.
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25 August 2017 16:08 Post ID: #604632 - in reply to #604444
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Barely a mention of this either

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25 August 2017 17:11 Post ID: #604635 - in reply to #604444
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No, I noticed that as well. Commenting positively about the quality of the keeper's distribution would not fit the narrative. Had that been De Gea I expect there would have been gushing praise.

....and similarly I noticed that many of Wonder English Keeper Pickford's efforts in this regard were woeful and went straight into touch as he tried to implement Koeman's strategy of dropping the ball into the wide areas beside our back three. This also was not subject of any comment.
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27 August 2017 09:51 Post ID: #604883 - in reply to #604444
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My man of the match yesterday, well played Eddie.
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27 August 2017 20:49 Post ID: #604895 - in reply to #604444
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What is this 'narrative' of which you speak?

I think Ederson is alright, based on his handful of appearances, but can he catch a cross in a swirling wind on a wet Tuesday in the Potteries, or find Sane with the outside of his foot on a bumpy evening at Huddersfield?

Until we have the answers to these questions it is perhaps too early to judge.

And don't be so hard on Pickford - he was one of Sunderlands' few plusses last term, perhaps their only one...

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