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2011/12 Season Review: Goalkeepers

2011/12 Season Review: Goalkeepers
With the 2011/12 season now consigned to the ol` grey matter, Vital Watford take a look at the impact of each and every squad member to have pulled the famous yellow jersey on over the course of the campaign. Whether that was during a two-minute FA Cup appearance or over 46 league games, everyone who made an appearance gets assessed.

Today we kick off with the goalkeepers...

1. Scott Loach:
I`ve always backed Scott, but this season the former England U21 international took the next step towards becoming a fully-fledged citizen of blunder city and having defended him to the hilt, I finally lost patience. The fact remains that at 23 and with 185 league starts under his belt the excuse of relative inexperience and youth is wearing thin. He`ll do a job again next season but to an extent, and without trying to be harsh, he is damaged goods as far as a lot of Watford supporters are concerned - 6/10.chrisgwfc: Remains a decent Championship keeper, but his lack of progress has been frustrating. Still looks the same keeper he was when he broke into the team 3 years ago. High profile mistakes have not helped with the crowd on his back.

13. Rene Gilmartin: Whilst I don`t think Rene is a desperately good goalkeeper - I`m no 'keeper coach but his technique is bizarre - I think he has been unlucky this season. A brief two-game stint as number one was harshly ended after a 4-0 reverse at Southampton, a game where he wasn`t actually at fault for any of the goals. He did well enough at Yeovil to earn the regular 'keeper`s slot but has been replaced by veteran Dutchman Michael Kuipers at Crawley Town. Regular football elsewhere beckons - 5/10.chrisgwfc: 5/10 - Never really thought he offered genuine competition for Loach and still don`t after his 2 league appearances this season. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a goalkeeping overhaul at the Vic` this summer.

30. Jonathan Bond: Impressed on his one full appearance this season and is very much tipped to be one for the future. With Gilmartin soon to be departed, I`d expect Bond to move up the pecking order. It might however be more beneficial for the Welsh youth cap to spend a season out on loan in League One or Two. If he can follow a similar career path to Loach, we will definitely be benefitting from his ability soon - 6/10.chrisgwfc: 6/10 - And that overhaul could include a bump up the pecking order for this man. Only played 1 full game this season but looked accomplished dealing with crosses against a physical Bradford side in the FA Cup.

35. Tomasz Kuszczak: I can`t quite gush about Tomasz enough. He has been a revelation, plain and simple, and, much like Michael Kightly, he`s one of those players you feel a little blessed to have seen in a Watford shirt. Sadly for Loach, the Polish international`s brilliance has only highlighted his short-comings, if we had had Kuszczak all season I wonder where we would be? On the grounds he has made one solitary error, a slightly exaggerated (perhaps) - 10/10.chrisgwfc: 8/10 - Not really here long enough to get a 9 but has made our defence look much more solid. Comes for crosses and with the exception of his debut blunder has not really put a foot wrong since he arrived.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Saturday May 12 2012
Time: 11:38AM


A Goalkeeping overhaul for sure is required. Too many fundamental mistakes by Loach- and very suspect from long range too apart from the silly mistakes. One good game at the end, but I wonder if he's learned enough from TK whilst he was here? Maybe time for JB to step up. Or, are there any good 'keepers like Tomasz that would love to play regularly? Agree totally - he was a revelation- I wondered several times how many points we wouldn't have got had SL been in goal. A pleasure to have watched him (and he was No. 4 at Old Trafford!!)
13/05/2012 08:08:00
I think Bond is probably too young to be number one, and whilst has had moved up our pecking order he could well go out on loan and do a job for someone else for the season. Loach will certainy have to buck up or depart as far as in concerned. Why didn't we accept that offer from Spurs a few years back?!
13/05/2012 09:50:00
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