Marshall's anonymity on the way out
CHRIS LAKEY David Marshall is finding life in Norwich very different to Glasgow - but that could all change if he is pulls off any more of the breathtaking saves he produced in City's two home pre-season matches.
David Marshall is finding life in Norwich very different to Glasgow - but that could all change if he is pulls off any more of the breathtaking saves he produced in City's two home pre-season matches.
Marshall was imperious in the early stages against West Ham with a string of saves which kept the scoreline respectable, and repeated the trick with a couple of excellent stops against Vitesse Arnhem three days later.
But walk down a street in Norwich and City's new £1m keeper goes virtually unrecognised, unlike Glasgow, where his one-man shows for Celtic in European games against the mighty Barcelona made him a household name - and face.
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"Nobody has stopped me in the street at all - it's a bit of a difference from Glasgow, but it's more enjoyable," said Marshall. "You get more time to yourself.
"It's a totally different kettle of fish up in Glasgow - you are recognised all the time, but down here it is a bit more different, but I think this is the best place for me at the moment. I am trying to put that behind me now and concentrate on here and getting off to a good start."
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There is a double-edged sword to pulling off the sort of save that so brilliantly denied West Ham's Lee Bowyer - the fans expect it week in, week out, but Marshall says there is only one person he needs to constantly convince of his skills - Peter Grant.
"As long as the manager is happy that's the main thing," he said. "The fans expect that every game, it is unrealistic though.
"That save happened that quick, it was a bit of luck really. I just swung my arm up, I didn't even know who hit the shot until a couple of days after. It was just one of those saves.
"But I think the games are a bit false. I don't want to be that busy during the league campaign, but we won't play opposition like that and it will be a lot different in the league and we will be a lot tighter at Preston on Saturday."
Marshall's loan spell - which was cut short by injury in the FA Cup tie at Chelsea in February - plus last week's friendly performances ensure he won't go unrecognised for a while, but there is still a small matter of recording his first clean sheet for City.
"It was my first clean sheet against Vitesse," he said. "I managed to keep a clean sheet at Chelsea, but only for 10 minutes or so - but I'm claiming it."
The serious test comes at Preston, and Marshall reckons he and the rest of the team - Darren Huckerby apart - are in good shape.
"I don't know how close he is but obviously he is a big, big player. We are shaping the team towards the weekend but we have players who can take that position as well - we didn't have that last season," Marshall added.
"Everybody knew we needed strengthening from last season so it's is a good thing we've brought players in. We have had three or four weeks bedding in now so everybody is getting on.
"Anything can happen come the league, but we have prepared properly and we are all 100pc. If we keep everybody fit we have a good chance this season."