Should Ben Foster pay penalty price in FA Cup derby?

West Brom

West Bromwich Albion fans have called for Ben Foster to be dropped following his calamitous midweek perfomance against Aston Villa.

West Bromwich Albion take on Aston Villa for the second time this week on Saturday evening, with a trip to Wembley and an FA Cup semi-final spot on offer.

Following the Villans' win in midweek, Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster has drawn heavy criticism from fans after a sub-par performance culminating in him giving away a penalty which handed all three points to Aston Villa. It made a welcome change for Tim Sherwood's men, picking up their first win for three games - and the first time for a while where a goalkeeping howler in a derby wasn't made by a player in a Villa shirt.

Some fans have called for Foster's understudy Boaz Myhill - an ex-Villa player - to take over between the sticks for the crunch quarter-final clash following the former's terrible game. However, the stats show that Foster's error was a blip and that realistically he remains the best option in goal.

Prior to the Villa game, Foster had kept four consecutive clean sheets and in his 29 appearances in all competitions Foster has 12 shutouts to his name.

According to Opta, in 27 Premier League appearances Foster has made 75 saves, rating him 9th in the division, and has claimed 51 high balls, rating him 6th in the Premier League.

Although his last performance was poor against Villa, Foster has form in big cup games having won the Alan Hardaker Trophy for Man-of-the-Match performances in League Cup Finals twice - in 2009 with Tottenham Hotspur and again in 2011 with Birmingham City - and no doubt will be fired up to make up for his midweek mistakes.

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