Who were the best goalkeepers in March? Hart, Begovic and more

Asmir Begovic Stoke V Arsenal

Cardiff City, Manchester City, Stoke City, West Brom and West Ham stars all feature.

March was a highly dramatic month for several reasons, as the pressure really starts to kick in ahead of the final few games of the Premier League season.

One of the most important players in any side is the goalkeeper and there were some standout performances domestically last month, with several players stepping up and providing a solid last line of defence when needed.

We’ve taken a look at five key statistical areas for goalkeepers to examine the top performers across different categories last month.

Saves

PlayerClubPosSavesAppsMins
David Marshall Cardiff GK 21 5 450
Adrián West Ham GK 20 5 450
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 20 4 360
Tim Howard Everton GK 17 5 450
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 17 5 450

David Marshall is appearing on this list with regularity, which will be alarming for Cardiff. The Bluebirds are currently in the bottom three and need their ‘keeper to carry on performing to help them get out of trouble.

Punches

PlayerClubPosPunchesAppsMins
Joe Hart Man City GK 6 4 360
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 4 5 450
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 3 4 360
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 3 5 450
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 3 5 450

It’s easy to see why Real Madrid are so interested in signing Joe Hart from Manchester City. He was the best goalkeeper last month in terms of taking the initiative, punching and easing the pressure over his defence. High

Claims

PlayerClubPosGood High ClaimAppsMins
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 18 5 450
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 17 5 450
Tim Howard Everton GK 15 5 450
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 14 5 450
Joe Hart Man City GK 13 4 360

Hart appears again for high claims but it’s Stoke’s Asmir Begovic who takes top spot in this category, as no one else was more effective at coming to claim the ball. His side are well placed to consolidate in the top half over the rest of the season.

Accurate Goal Kicks

PlayerClubPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Adrián West Ham GK 35 5 450
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 29 5 450
Artur Boruc Southampton GK 27 5 450
Tim Howard Everton GK 27 5 450
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 26 4 360

Begovic appears again but West Ham’s Adrian was the most accurate player in terms of accurate goal kicks. It’s significant considering West Ham are predominantly a long ball team, with big attacking players.

Penalties Saved

PlayerClubPosPenalty SaveAppsMins
Ben Foster West Brom GK 1 4 360

Foster was the only goalkeeper to save a spot kick last month which came against Hull City. He’s really pushing for a World Cup place this summer and Pepe Mel has already revealed his belief that he should be the current number one for the national side.

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