The amount of times I heard the commentators say Ricketts had come and safely collected the ball was unbelievable, we'd have probably drawn or lost that game with Haworth in goal, get MBW back fit and playoffs here we come!
Best run in 4 years...wasn't exactly hard to do bearing in mind our last 4 years Ed!
Nearly every goal Haworth let in you couldn't help but feel he should have done better. Blackpool, Colchester, Huddersfield...
Theres no doubting he's a good shot stopper but on its own that isn't good enough, has anyone told him he CAN shout at his defenders? Or that he CAN come for crosses? If he could do those two things he'd be a decent (ish) keeper but he can't, which IMO makes him a below average goalie.
It's no coincidence in my eyes that we kept a clean sheet with Ricketts back in goal.
Howarth is a very young keeper, with good prospects.
Howarth is this season's Lee Crooks. We can't bash him cos' he's doing good so we'll go look elsewhere. I know, we'll pick that young lad tween the sticks.
Sure he's not been a world class keeper, but then he's not entirely to blame is he? Bower hasn't displayed the form he did last season nor has wethers and if Howarth had been behind those two last season we'd of seen a very different player in Howarth.
I harped on all last season about Lee Crooks, everyone laughed .... now look, most improved player this season.
last season we went on a 5 game unbeaten run, Todd got manager of the month for that run. People are always looking for a scape goat and this season it's Howarth closely followed by Holloway.
Judging by what i heard (not seen) Howarth would of probably of come away with a cleansheet also.
As a fellow goalkeeper I can see the potential in Howarth but he needs the right coach behind him. He needs confidence also.
I watched him warming up before the colchester game and he looked confussed by what they were trying to get him todo. They seemed to always hook the ball under his cross bar for him to catch when he was shouting put it by the penalty spot. Owen Morrison then took the ball away from that old guy who does the crosses and whipped them into the penalty spot and he said thanks! so it looks like Howarth is wanting to get it right but just isn't getting the help he needs to build his confidence.
A goalkeeper is a real confidence player, people talk about strikers needing confidence but Goalies need it too. IF theres any doubt shown by anyone in the squad you'll start to doubt yourself and will always play the cautious game.
The thing Ricketts has is lots of confidence in himself, even if he get's it wrong he'll try again and again until he gets it right. Howarth isn't from the same mould and needs someone to take him to one side and give him a pep talk.