Both were goalkeepers on the wrong end of the scoreline for their sides at the weekend, but could they have done anything differently when presented with a similar situation?
It was a very poor weekend for both clubs in Manchester as they both lost games that they were perhaps expected to win.
However, there doesn’t seem to be much spotlight on the goalkeepers, as both of them had to make a choice between two decisions whether to come an attack the player with the ball or to say rooted closer to the goal.
This is not to say they are responsible outright for conceding those goals, but maybe if they took the other option it would have been harder for the opposition to score - in what you can say are similar looking situations.
Let’s take Morgan Amalfitano’s effort for West Brom against Manchester United. There is some poor defending in the build up, but once Alfatino nutmegs Rio Ferdinand about 25 yards out to go through on goal De Gea is on his six yard line, and starts to back track.
The closer Amalfitano gets towards goal the more static De Gea looks, and the more the Manchester United keeper seems to commit and makes it easier for the Frenchman to chip over.
Where as if he was prepared to come out and allow one of his defenders to try and cover the danger could have eventually passed without conceding a goal, then again, easier in hindsight.
In Joe Hart it seems he committed too early, with his defence so high up the field after just conceding an equaliser, the ball finding itself through he probably thought he had to go and meet the ball in order to prevent Andreas Weimann to have a chance of putting Aston Villa ahead.
Unfortunately for Hart, the Dutchman beat him to the ball and managed to put enough pace on it to give Villa the lead. City did have two covering defenders, so if Hart had held his position for a little while longer and not limited Weimann’s options, the attack could have turned out differently.
Both decisions were made top goalkeepers, but maybe they will be a little disappointed with their decision making in hindsight? Then again, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
You can judge for yourself by looking at the videos.
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