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Glove story

Posted on 24 October 2015  - 09:30

Tom Glover has experienced the rollercoaster life of a goalkeeper in the space of a week.


One minute the young stopper was having parts of his game scrutinised after our Under-21s win at Norwich, the next he's getting plaudits from all-time goalkeeping great Pat Jennings!

That's how it turned out after Tom, just 17, made two incredible saves to help our Under-21s hold onto a point against Liverpool in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League at Stevenage on Friday night.

With the scoreline at 1-1 in the second half, Tom first produced a Gordon Banks-style save to turn around Madger Gomes' downward header from 10 yards and then stood tall to block Paulinho Alves' point-blank effort with only three minutes remaining.

Both teams had chances to win it but it stayed 1-1 at the Lamex Stadium - and Pat was first to congratulate the youngster on his performance.

"Pat's a legend and a great guy as well, we train with him (Pat remains a coach in the Academy) and I always get feedback from him on how I'm training and playing," said Tom. "To be honest, to get those comments from such a legend is a bit gobsmacking!

"For the save from the header, I just had to react. I was deep on my line but managed to put out a hand and I had to hope for the best. I think luck was with me. It's probably the best save my career so far.

"You have to move on. I did that after last week and now I have to focus on the next one.

"When we're called on we have to make the saves and fortunately I made a couple this time around. But as a goalkeeper, it's all about the basics and consistency.

"I'm a second year scholar so I'm very happy to be playing Under-21 football. I'm delighted to get the opportunity. It's a challenge and I enjoy pushing myself."

Under-21s Coach Ugo Ehiogu was full of praise: "Last week he took a bit of stick because his kicking and decision-making were not the best but he was superb against Liverpool. He came from crosses, threw well to set us on counter-attacks, kicked well then the concentration and sharpness to get down low and make those reaction saves has saved us at the end."

As for the game, Tom agreed with Ugo that we had to be more clinical. "We had to finish the chances we had in the first half and kill the game off. In the end, we had to dig in for the draw which wasn't a bad result, but we wanted the win."