McCarthy Delighted With Loach
Tuesday, 16th Apr 2013 06:00
Manager Mick McCarthy has been pleased with keeper Scott Loach since he came back into the side after loanee Stephen Henderson was recalled by West Ham. Prior to Saturday’s defeat by Hull City, Loach had kept four successive clean sheets, including one in the victory over Middlesbrough during his previous stint in the side.
The Blues boss recently said that he wanted to see more arrogance and self-belief from the 24-year-old and feels the ex-Watford man has taken heed.
“He has [been fantastic since he came back in], “McCarthy said. “He’s done really well. I don’t mean arrogance in terms of how he speaks to people and deals with people, I’m talking about belief in his ability and being number one.
“If you’re the number one goalkeeper at a club I think you have got that little bit of something in your personality or character about you.”
He added: “He’s played well and you don’t just change like that and suddenly he becomes the devil incarnate with a big chip on his shoulder and arrogant. I’m not asking for that, it’s just how he plays on the pitch, and he’s done that.
“If he can develop himself to be that number one goalkeeper that believes in himself, he’ll be great.”
McCarthy has said he was looking at adding another permanent keeper to his squad in January but that as things stand the number one shirt is Loach’s to hold on to: “He’s got the jersey, hasn’t he? Keep it. Possession’s nine tenths of the law.”
Meanwhile, the Blues manager was happy with Anthony Wordsworth’s return from his back injury as a sub against Hull and says the January signing from Colchester adds some creativity to his side: “He does and he will be a good player for us, Woody. I’m very pleased with him.
“He was knackered at the end, he’s not had a lot of football, he missed about a month before he joined us, then he came and got injured immediately and he’s missed another six or eight weeks. It was good to have him back, he’s got good ability.”
It’s unlikely that the 24-year old will start against Palace this evening with McCarthy keen to not to over-exert him and cause further fitness issues: “The last thing I need is him getting injured. He’s got good ability, he certainly has.”
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