Stockdale wants to prove people wrong
DAVID Stockdale admits he is “ultra-critical” of his own performance.
And it could be suggested that he has lots of footage to study and things to ponder after conceding 12 goals in two matches against Championship new boys Southampton and Peterborough United.
But despite the heavy losses, Stockdale has been largely blameless after an impressive start to the season and stopping the horror at London Road from becoming even worse with a man-of-the-match performance.
And his position as a new fans favourite was rubber-stamped when he quickly rubbished rumours that he was ready to walk out on Town with a shrewd tweet that put worried minds at rest.
Clearly embarrassed by the events of the last two matches, Stockdale is now looking to move forward – starting with today’s match at Portman Road against his boyhood team Leeds United.
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The keeper said: “It is hard to start trying to dissect it. You can put a lot of analysis on defending but as a team you have to defend from the front to the back.
“Twelve goals in two games shouldn’t be happening. We have put a few ground rules down, pointed a few fingers and that stays in-house.
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“People know what mistakes they have made and as a team we look to move forward and prove people wrong, starting with a big game against Leeds.”
Stockdale admits that the arrival of Jimmy Bullard, Ibrahima Sonko and Daryl Murphy has given everyone a lift and added much-needed strength in depth. Now it is up to manager Paul Jewell to get the team gelling as quickly as possible.
As for the keeper, who is on loan from Fulham, he refuses to think about his chances of making England boss Fabio Capello’s squad for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales – despite being called up for the cancelled friendly with the Netherlands earlier this month.
For Stockdale, it is all about three points today: “I have been ultra-critical of myself. I work with the goalkeepers here and coach Malcolm Webster and we look at the goals. Non-football people might think you can’t do anything about them, but I am a bit critical of myself. There are things I can work on.
“I’m not going to put an emphasis on keeping a clean sheet today because if we win 5-1, I think the fans will be happy. But I won’t be happy. I always want a clean sheet.”