Carson feeling the pressure to justify Clement decision

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Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson says he feels under pressure to maintain his position as the club's number one.

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson told the Derby Telegraph that he feels under pressure to justify Paul Clement’s decision to start the season with him in goal.

Derby are in the fortunate position where they have two top quality shot stoppers in the form of Lee Grant and Carson, with both likely to play big roles in the side over the course of the season.

Carson is wary of making a mistake, because he feels Grant could come into the team as soon as his performance levels dip slightly.

“Regardless of who played at Bolton, I don't think either one of us would have cemented their place,” he told the Derby Telegraph.

“It's down to performance. I've been fortunate enough to be given the chance at the start of the season.”

“It's up to me now. If I play well, I should think I'll keep my place but if my performances aren't up to what I know I can do, then the manager knows he's got a great keeper in Lee Grant behind me, if he wants to change it.”

The benefit of squad competition

The fact Derby have good squad competition in a key area of the team is significant.

It stops anyone from getting complacent and taking their eye off of the ball in terms of their performance levels.

That should give Derby a better chance of being consistent through difficult periods of the season, maintaining a high level of quality.

The competition is also something which should increase the intensity in training sessions, with players trying to find ways of getting noticed ahead of each other.

Clement deserves praise for creating a situation, where it’s difficult to see a downside for the Rams.

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