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    Colin Doyle

    Steve Claridge's latest report on a young Irishman:

    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/20...gham_city.html

    All's well that ends well. Colin Doyle has certainly been a busy boy in recent weeks as Birmingham finally secured promotion after one of the most turbulent seasons in their history. Just to give you an idea of how big a part Doyle has played in their recent run, he signed a new four-year contract the day after Blues played Wolves late last month and such has his impact been that Arsène Wenger is reportedly interested in signing him.

    He reminds me of Petr Cech a bit in size and stature and has an ability, like the Chelsea keeper, not to over-dramatise saves. He makes them look as easy as possible simply because his positioning for shot stopping is so good. That is not to say he wasn't fully tested at times but when he made a save there was only one example of the ball rebounding out into the danger area - the centre of the goal. On every other occasion he safely pushed the ball to the side. Too many people just look at the save but where the ball finishes up after a save when the keeper doesn't catch it is important.

    His kicking was fine with either foot, though he favours his right, and his bravery was unquestioned on the two or three occasions he was called upon to dive at a player's feet. His preparation must have been good as he was called into action very early in both games, and certainly, in the Preston match, where he had to make two saves in the first few minutes.

    He has what I call soft hands, meaning when he could not hold the ball on the first attempt, particularly the ones that bounced in front of him, it stayed within easy reach the second time around, instead of giving his opponent an easy chance at the rebound. He's not lazy - he got his body behind everything and made sure he moved his feet to get into position.

    Two areas of improvement he must focus on are communication and mastery of his area. He needs to be more dominant because he was bullied at corners and free-kicks when the opposition put people around him. Twice he came for balls but missed them as his run was blocked. He either needs to get a team-mate to help him stop this happening or take a leaf out of Jens Lehmann's book and let opponents know he's there. He must take his share of the blame for the goal conceded at Preston which showed a lack of communication but both these shortcomings will, I am sure, be overcome with experience.

    Having said that, when he wasn't blocked he was excellent at dealing with crosses in front or behind him. As with all modern keepers his reading of the game needs to be good and it was - often tidying up behind his defenders when Preston threatened over the top.

    At 6ft 5in and 14st 5lbs he's got the perfect physique for a keeper and at 21 he's already a full Republic of Ireland international. He's been loaned out three times - to Chester, Nottingham Forest and Millwall - and has suffered relegation and promotion from the Championship in successive seasons. If this is a sign of things to come, life's sure not going to be dull for him in his football career.

    Age 21

    Born Cork, Rep of Ireland

    Position Goalkeeper

    Height 6ft 5in

    Weight 14st 5lb

    From Trainee

    How he rates

    Awareness 9/10

    Communication 7/10

    Handling 9/10

    Kicking 8/10

    Reflexes 9/10

    Valuation £1m-£1.5m
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    and he would've signed for Cork City if it wasnt for FIFA's pesky 6 month contract rule
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    He's incorrect in that he's not yet a full cap, but I'd agree on the communication criticism. Once or twice I've seen him try and dive at an oncoming attacker's feet when second favourite to get the ball, at risk of conceding a penalty. Some learn from experience others just keep on making the same mistake. Richard Wright springs to mind - very talented but poor decision making cost him a career at the highest level. I fear the same for Wayne Henderson.

    I hope this guy goes on to make it. For all Shane Supple's ability - he's got all of Shay's raw talent - the game is trending towards the really top keepers having a height advantage. I understand Randolph & Logan are both quite big too.
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    On that note, it looks certain Randolph is going to start at Anfield on Saturday against Liverpool. The dilemma was originally should the more experienced Thomas Myhre be given the nod to play, but now that Charlton have nothing to play for, Randolph as automatic second choice should get the nod. It'll be a good experience for him and he could well be first choice next season. He's very highly rated. I can't wait to see that match, it should be very interesting.

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/foot...wn/7795100.stm

    Shane Supple....still very young for a goalkeeper so plenty of time for him to come good.

    Seeing that article got me thinking of Colin Doyle, I know he is second choice at B'ham but any chance of him getting the no 1 back off Taylor. Doyle was looking like the most likely successor to Given there for a while.

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    birmingham fans really rate him.

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    I can't believe Doyle is now 3rd choice at Birmingham. Surely he should go out on loan. I seen this guy playing a few years ago and was certain that he would become No 1 for Ireland when Shay packs it in. I know he had a couple of dodgy games when Birmingham were promoted 2 years ago, but he has hardly got a game since and still no sign of him moving on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerboy View Post
    I can't believe Doyle is now 3rd choice at Birmingham. Surely he should go out on loan. I seen this guy playing a few years ago and was certain that he would become No 1 for Ireland when Shay packs it in. I know he had a couple of dodgy games when Birmingham were promoted 2 years ago, but he has hardly got a game since and still no sign of him moving on?
    You would think a loan move would have to be good for the lad alright.

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    If we got a goalkeeping injury, who would step up to number 3? Nick Colgan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoenz View Post
    If we got a goalkeeping injury, who would step up to number 3? Nick Colgan?
    Wayne Henderson and Brian Murphy would be next in line, the management team have been watching both. Murphy didn't help his cause by catching the ball and then falling back in to the goal the last time Trapp and Tardelli came to see him.

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    Getting a rare runout for Birmingham in the cup today, live on Setanta if anyone interested with Westwood in goal at the other end. Coventry one up at this stage....

    Looking very shaky so far to be honest.....

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    2-0 down.


    Edit : Won 3-2 in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumcondra 69er View Post
    Getting a rare runout for Birmingham in the cup today, live on Setanta if anyone interested with Westwood in goal at the other end. Coventry one up at this stage....

    Looking very shaky so far to be honest.....
    Who was shaky? Westwood or Doyle?

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    I remember Doyle in Birminghams promotion year and he was superb. Had a couple of bad games in Premiership and he was dropped by Bruce. He has never had a proper run since. In fairness he looked very shaky in the first half yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishfan86 View Post
    Who was shaky? Westwood or Doyle?
    Doyle. Wetwood played well despite shipping 3.

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    With both Irish keepers playing, I was hoping for a dour 0-0. Alas 5 goals were conceded. Westwood made a few good saves but think he might have done better for one of the goals.
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    what was the name of the reading keeper of irish descent, second generation who was up for rape? He looked like a decent prospect till all that happened.

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    Doyle and Westwood both looked uncertain coming for crosses but were otherwise assured. It was interesting that Doyle played instead of Taylor - I don't think the big German was injured, so perhaps McLeish made the decision with a view to his possible retirement/moving on in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Darwin View Post
    Doyle and Westwood both looked uncertain coming for crosses but were otherwise assured. It was interesting that Doyle played instead of Taylor - I don't think the big German was injured, so perhaps McLeish made the decision with a view to his possible retirement/moving on in the summer.
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    Doyle's got all the physical ability but I don't think he has the mentality of a top keeper. A shame, as he did have a great run when Brum got promoted. He just lets in too many goals where you feel he could have done better.

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