UK time is: 01:24:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Reading's Number 1!

The start of this season has been full of talk about our 'excellent` crop of young goalkeepers, Ben Hamer, Alex McCarthy and Mikkel Andersen. With the latter two signing new contracts, and Hamer still acting as understudy to Adam Federici, there has been talk of cashing in on our Aussie number one and giving one of these a shot in goal to raise some much needed cash, and avoid selling the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

After the defeat to Nottingham Forest and Federici`s error that gifted Robert Earnshaw an equaliser, those calls became even louder but the past few days has backed up exactly why we must keep hold of Federici..

Firstly there was Ben Hamer`s awful display against Northampton in the Carling Cup, which began with him dropping a simple cross, twice, to allow the visitors a simple equaliser before flapping his way through the rest of the game. That was supposed to be his chance to prove his credentials as a future Reading number 1, he did exactly the opposite.

Then onto this weekend, and a chance to see if either of the other two young stoppers are proving their worth out on loan. Well that is not going to plan either, Alex McCarthy conceded another three goals as Brentford lost at home and that is on the back of an error on his debut that gifted Walsall a simple goal.

Surely Mikkel Andersen is doing better? Well not really! He conceded four at home to Southampton, for Bristol Rovers, and capped a bad start to his second spell at the Memorial Stadium. He won the clubs young player of the year last season, but is not looking as confident this season.

Now I am not writing these young keepers off at all, but for now it is clear to me that we must do everything in our power to keep hold of Federici. If people think he is an asset we could afford to sell then they are very wrong, and that was proven at Leicester on Saturday. He may have cost us two points last weekend but he won two, and possibly three, this time out with a remarkable save from Lloyd Dyer, not long before Matt Mills grabbed the winner.

The Australian keeper has more than earned his status at one of the clubs best players and those who criticise him should remember than the grass is not always greener. With so many young players in this team, the last thing we need is a young goalkeeper with all the pressure on his shoulders. Federici is big enough to handle the stick that comes his way when he makes the occasional, and it is very occasional, error but I don`t think any of these kids could do so in the same way.








Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Steve Guscott  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 30 2010

Time: 8:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

Reading to appeal red card (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Under 21s victorious in cup (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Gunter backs the manager (Monday November 24 2014)

Adkins slams poor away form (Saturday November 22 2014)

Stats: Cardiff v Reading (Saturday November 22 2014)

Cardiff 2 - 1 Reading (Saturday November 22 2014)

Cardiff (A) Match Preview (Friday November 21 2014)

Key man watch: Peter Whittingham (Friday November 21 2014)

McCleary ready to play (Thursday November 20 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Reading 3 - 0 Fulham
Reading 0 - 1 Charlton
Leeds Utd 0 - 0 Reading
Cardiff 2 - 1 Reading
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading
Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Reading

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Cardiff 18 7 5 6 1 26
13. Sheff Wed 18 4 10 4 -2 22
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20
17. Fulham 18 5 4 9 -5 19
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19

Breaking League News

Cala Hits Out
Cardiff : 25/11/2014 21:12:00
Mackay's Honorary Status Revoked
Cardiff : 25/11/2014 21:06:00
Bent Set For Albion Loan
Brighton : 25/11/2014 20:41:00
March Pencilled In For Albion Return
Brighton : 25/11/2014 20:38:00
Walton Backed To Shine
Brighton : 25/11/2014 20:34:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Prediction for the Cardiff game?
Suggested By:  Josh
Win 29%
Draw 14%
Loss 57%