SWINDON TOWN: Keepers must be strong in the face of abuse - Wes

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TOWN keeper Wes Foderingham has insisted goalkeepers need to be mentally strong to put up with the abuse they can receive from opposition fans.

After Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders was booked for wasting time during the closing minutes of the visitors’ 1-1 draw at the County Ground on Saturday, the stopper appeared to be pelted with objects thrown from the Town End having wound up the home fans with his antics.

Foderingham didn’t see the objects thrown at Flinders, but admitted he has been on the receiving end of similar incidents during his short career as a professional which have tested him mentally.

“Sometimes fans get excited or frustrated depending on the results, but if they throw things on the pitch I don’t think they are intending to hurt him,” he said.

“I have not had anything like that this season, although there were a couple last year at the obvious places like Oxford and Bristol Rovers.

“You get a lot of fans behind the goals, especially if you are playing away, and it comes if you do a bad kick or drop a cross or something like that.

“If you are not mentality strong it can have an effect on your performance, but thankfully I am good at putting it out of my mind.”

Manager Paolo Di Canio gave the Town squad two rare days off after Saturday’s game, but Foderingham is already focused on righting the wrongs of the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool.

“We will have a few days off to have a rest, and then we will be back in training and maybe do something fitness based for a couple of days,” he said.

“Then after that we will start to look towards Tranmere and preparing for that game tactically and working on attacking play to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We didn’t underestimate Hartlepool, but they are a team at the bottom of the league who we should be beating.

“The only good thing to come out of it was that Tranmere and Doncaster lost, and we haven’t lost any ground. But if we want to win the league or even finish in the top six we need to win matches like that.”

Foderingham also revealed manager Di Canio has not given the playing squad any indication regarding his future, which the Italian has said still remains in doubt.

“He has just said to us he is going to be here doing his job, and if he is not we will be told. Until that day he is going to do his job and be 100 per cent committed to us,” Foderingham said.

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8:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

Oxon-Red says...

The three tricky away games in a short period before Saturday looked as if they took there toll. Add to that the illness in the camp it was good to see the squad being given time off to recharge the batteries.

Hopefully they will return next Tuesday fit and raring to go !

COYMR
The three tricky away games in a short period before Saturday looked as if they took there toll. Add to that the illness in the camp it was good to see the squad being given time off to recharge the batteries. Hopefully they will return next Tuesday fit and raring to go ! COYMR Oxon-Red

10:40am Tue 12 Feb 13

Stratton Red says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
The three tricky away games in a short period before Saturday looked as if they took there toll. Add to that the illness in the camp it was good to see the squad being given time off to recharge the batteries. Hopefully they will return next Tuesday fit and raring to go ! COYMR
Agree Red, first time for sometime we looked a leggy. Three tough games on tough pitches, illness and of course a thread bare squad... Glad we have Saturday off and can give Tranmere a real go Tuesday night.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: The three tricky away games in a short period before Saturday looked as if they took there toll. Add to that the illness in the camp it was good to see the squad being given time off to recharge the batteries. Hopefully they will return next Tuesday fit and raring to go ! COYMR[/p][/quote]Agree Red, first time for sometime we looked a leggy. Three tough games on tough pitches, illness and of course a thread bare squad... Glad we have Saturday off and can give Tranmere a real go Tuesday night. Stratton Red

3:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

I saw Flinders gesture to the Town End at the final whistle, which provoked a few fans to throw plastic bottles.
It seemed to me that Flinders time wasting tactics proved fruitful for Hartlepool, because he managed to waste nearly all of the time added on.
He continued to argue with the Ref even after his yellow card, and possibly deserved to see red.
Other than that Flinders played a brilliant game and clearly saved Hartlepool from a certain defeat.
I saw Flinders gesture to the Town End at the final whistle, which provoked a few fans to throw plastic bottles. It seemed to me that Flinders time wasting tactics proved fruitful for Hartlepool, because he managed to waste nearly all of the time added on. He continued to argue with the Ref even after his yellow card, and possibly deserved to see red. Other than that Flinders played a brilliant game and clearly saved Hartlepool from a certain defeat. Old-Stager, Hilperton

3:53pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

I saw Flinders gesture to the Town End at the final whistle, which provoked a few fans to throw plastic bottles.
It seemed to me that Flinders time wasting tactics proved fruitful for Hartlepool, because he managed to waste nearly all of the time added on.
He continued to argue with the Ref even after his yellow card, and possibly deserved to see red.
Other than that Flinders played a brilliant game and clearly saved Hartlepool from a certain defeat.
I saw Flinders gesture to the Town End at the final whistle, which provoked a few fans to throw plastic bottles. It seemed to me that Flinders time wasting tactics proved fruitful for Hartlepool, because he managed to waste nearly all of the time added on. He continued to argue with the Ref even after his yellow card, and possibly deserved to see red. Other than that Flinders played a brilliant game and clearly saved Hartlepool from a certain defeat. Old-Stager, Hilperton

8:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

forzaswindon12 says...

I think we could do with a decent back up keeper on loan just to be safe for the run in. we rely on wes and we dont have good enough back up in my opinion.
anyone else think this?
I think we could do with a decent back up keeper on loan just to be safe for the run in. we rely on wes and we dont have good enough back up in my opinion. anyone else think this? forzaswindon12

9:59pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Oxon-Red says...

Just seen that Martin Ling has missed the last 4 matches for Torquay due to illness. I hope it is not too serious and wish him a speedy recovery.
Just seen that Martin Ling has missed the last 4 matches for Torquay due to illness. I hope it is not too serious and wish him a speedy recovery. Oxon-Red

2:23pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Swindon1984 says...

forzaswindon12 wrote:
I think we could do with a decent back up keeper on loan just to be safe for the run in. we rely on wes and we dont have good enough back up in my opinion. anyone else think this?
Interesting thought - Bedwell's a bit of an unknown quantity and so we can't be sure if he can be relied on in Wes' absence. Then again with funds looking like being stretched even further in the future would another back up keeper be a priority? Probably not until Summer I'd guess.
[quote][p][bold]forzaswindon12[/bold] wrote: I think we could do with a decent back up keeper on loan just to be safe for the run in. we rely on wes and we dont have good enough back up in my opinion. anyone else think this?[/p][/quote]Interesting thought - Bedwell's a bit of an unknown quantity and so we can't be sure if he can be relied on in Wes' absence. Then again with funds looking like being stretched even further in the future would another back up keeper be a priority? Probably not until Summer I'd guess. Swindon1984

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