Why it was a weekend of goalkeeping calamities in the Championship

Norwich City

In an entertaining Championship weekend, it was the goalkeepers rather than the strikers who took all the headlines, for all the wrong reasons…

With just nine games to go, the Championship is really hotting up.

Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough are level on points at the top, with Derby and Norwich, who drew 1-1 at Carrow Road, lurking just behind them.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Wigan’s weekend win over relegation rivals Rotherham moved them to within six points of safety.

But this weekend will not be remembered for anything other than a series of goalkeeping calamities.

The most important one must surely have come in that game between promotion rivals Norwich and Derby. With the Canaries leading 1-0, John Ruddy failed to claim a corner, instead dropping the ball into his own net to hand the visitors what could prove to be a crucial point.

Elsewhere, it was a day to forget for Brentford goalkeeper, David Button. He was at fault for both goals as the play-off hopefuls lost to mid-table Cardiff at Griffin Park.

First of all, he collided with Harlee Dean to allow Federico Macheda to slot into an empty net, then he failed to intercept a through ball, allowing Russell Slade’s men to claim their second consecutive away win.

Meanwhile, Brentford’s play-off rivals Wolves benefitted from some good fortune, thanks to a howler from Brighton keeper David Stockdale. The former Fulham man dropped Rajiv Van la Parra’s cross into his own net to hand Wolves a point at the Amex.

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