Marshall holds key to City success
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries boss Peter Grant believes the presence of goalkeeper David Marshall will raise confidence levels throughout the whole team this season. The summer signing has been in impressive form in City's summer campaign, with a series of top-drawer saves proving why Grant spent the summer - and around £1m - chasing him.
Canaries boss Peter Grant believes the presence of goalkeeper David Marshall will raise confidence levels throughout the whole team this season.
The summer signing has been in impressive form in City's summer campaign, with a series of top-drawer saves proving why Grant spent the summer - and around £1m - chasing him.
The 22-year-old's decision to move south from Celtic came after a torrid season in the City goalmouth, where Marshall was one of five players who wore the number one shirt, until ankle ligament damage cut short his loan spell at the turn of the year.
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Now Grant has got his man, he believes others will benefit
“I am very pleased for him because he is being worked, but the psychological scars he had with his injury are all on the back burner for him,” Grant said. “He is making saves and he is making the right choices and that is all you can ask of your goalkeeper and now we hope that spreads through to the team, that they make the right choices and the right decision under pressure in a game situation.
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“That is what top goalkeepers do - he can earn us win 10, 15 points a season.
“I am sure the back men will feel confident in him, that he can make saves. He will have his moments during the season as all goalkeepers do, but concentration is a big part of the game, especially if you are not being worked hard. Can you keep your concentration levels up? David has been used to that at a club like Celtic because maybe they didn't have a lot to do.”
Grant insists his squad has a more rounded look to it this season - and believes the goal-scoring responsibilities will be spread around more in the new campaign.
“I didn't think we had enough goals around the team last year and I think we have added to that with young Jimmy Smith and Darel Russell and if your full-backs can chip in with the odd goal here and there we will be delighted,” he said.
“We feel the centre-backs should score more goals and with the strikers we have we feel they wills score goals, so I believe all round we will have more goalscorers through the team and hopefully that's the way it proves through the piece.”