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Kasey on watch

Posted on 27 November 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller did not have his busiest game of the season against Leeds on Sunday and views that fact as a sign of good things to come.

The USA international has been one of our star turns this season, the official website Player of the Month for September and, for a long spell, top of the Opta goalkeeping chart.

Against Leeds, stunning saves were not the order of the day and he has no complaints.

"Very nice," he reflected. "I was very happy with the way the whole game panned out. I thought we played some good football and defended real well from the forwards all the way back.

"If we're in that frame of mind then we're a very difficult team to beat."

Kasey went on to explain that the likelihood of winning games is greatly increased if the keeper is called on just for the occasional save and a spot of mopping up duty - pretty much like on Sunday.

"That's what is fantastic about it. When I can clean up a few things it is good - that's how you win games. Very rarely are you going to be winning games when your goalkeeper is the busiest man on the field.

"When we can do that, keep the concentration and get a couple of goals at the other end, we're going to win a lot more than we lose - that's for sure."

While this should be the goalkeeping ideal, another major factor comes into play - concentration. A good goalkeeper is one that remains mentally sharp even after long periods of inactivity.

"Definitely, no doubt about it. Sometimes they are very difficult games. You have to be ready at any time.

"People might say 'you didn't have anything to do!', but you always have to be ready and thinking 'is it now?'"

Do keepers suffer from not getting a good early save under their belt?

"I got a bit during the first half, but that's why I came out at half-time and caught a few balls. Just to make sure that I was warmed-up again and ready to go. The last thing you want to do is not have a lot to do and then have a spell when you don't feel comfortable."

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