calamity keeper

Redknapp fears Gomes will become a target

November 16, 2008

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp fears his calamity goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes may become a target for the opposition after the Brazilian's latest blunder set Fulham on the way to a 2-1 victory.

Gomes inexplicably allowed a cross from Simon Davies to slip through his grasp and into the net in the first half and showed a marked reluctance to deal with corners all afternoon.

But while the former PSV Eindhoven keeper proved he was still on his game with a string of fine saves, Redknapp is aware other teams may have now pin-pointed a weakness - as Fulham certainly did.

"Fulham just blocked up the goalmouth on every corner and made it difficult for him,'' admitted Redknapp. "You could see they were doing that on every corner. I would imagine he will get targeted.

"He has got to deal with that. But if you look at his record in Holland, he was a world class goalkeeper. He took the bang on the mouth on Wednesday night against Liverpool which certainly didn't help him any, but that is no excuse.

"He made a bad mistake for the goal but he made some saves after that. I have got to stay with him. Their first goal certainly didn't help anyone but we've just got to keep believing in him because that's it, he is our goalkeeper. It is no good caning him - I've got nobody else. It is hard. I've told him to keep his chin up.''