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An inevitable new topic. Surely our MOM today? Really showed what he is about. 3-4 top, top saves kept us in the game and he seemed to grow in confidence as the game went on and looked very assured.

Well done Max, keep going!

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My mate is a Villa STH and text me straight after the game and said "What a bloody good keeper you've got" so I text him back "3rd choice mate 😄"

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I criticised him against Wigan. But sounds like he was outstanding today. Well done max I apologise.

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Easily our best player today. Some fantastic reflex saves that top end prem keepers would be proud of. 

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Par Murphy, one of the most experienced and respected sports journalists around, said on 5 Live that he couldn't remember ever seeing a better goalkeeping performance. Praise indeed.

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13 minutes ago, Gakoe said:

Easily our best player today. Some fantastic reflex saves that top end prem keepers would be proud of. 

I don't want to do max an injustice but I do wonder how many of those chances they would have had if FF or NM was in goal. 

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Just now, Pezo said:

I don't want to do max an injustice but I do wonder how many of those chances they would have had if FF or NM was in goal. 

All of them?

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1 minute ago, DaveF said:

All of them?

I don't think so both other keepers are much better at organising the guys in front. 

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6 minutes ago, Pezo said:

I don't think so both other keepers are much better at organising the guys in front. 

That will come with experience. 

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2 hours ago, CityCiderEd said:

My mate is a Villa STH and text me straight after the game and said "What a bloody good keeper you've got" so I text him back "3rd choice mate 😄"

You ought to text him back and ask him how long has the chap in black been playing for them? A good bloke to have on your side when a game is evenly balanced!

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Been a big Maenpaa fan this season (and Frankie too hasn't done a lot wrong in all honesty) but heey

Max looks like we have a gem. the commanding the box thing comes more with time I'm sure.

Pleased for the young man and his performance tonight

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Have to say I’ve not been impressed until today and even then I thought after he palmed the shot out to Albert what is he doing. 

Have to say I owe Max an apology as was outstanding & can see why others were seeing his potential. One game but in fairness, what a game!!

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Not without dodgy moments, but more than made up for it!

A couple of his blinders came after he should've done better with the initial effort, palming it back out into the danger area, and he was rather hesitant to come off his line still; but he kept us in the game 2nd half, and some of those saves were absolute worldies. The one before the break - it was right in front of us and I'm still not sure how he kept it out!

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That was an OUTSTANDING goalkeeping performance, bordering on Banks-esque.

15hrs later, I am still unsure as to how some of those point blank saves were deflected over the bar.

Memory fades, but I struggle to think of a better City goalkeeping performance(and yes  I am a big Niki fan)

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9 hours ago, AppyDAZE said:

Been a big Maenpaa fan this season (and Frankie too hasn't done a lot wrong in all honesty) but heey

Max looks like we have a gem. the commanding the box thing comes more with time I'm sure.

Pleased for the young man and his performance tonight

Let’s be honest, Frankie is a great shot stopper but, along with his kicking, commanding his box isn’t a strong point of his. Could be a height thing given he is relatively small for a keeper.

In that respect MOL isn’t that far behind him.

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Fantastic performance no doubt, however those saying he should be number 1 are being a tad naive, would be happy for  Nikki to be number one next 1-2 season and get max a league 1 loan. Needs time to grow into a man and fill out.

 

great potential for sure, reflexes are unreal.

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Was like a Bristolian De Gea at times, but still indecisive and will hopefully be able to command his box/defenders better.

That'll come with experience though I’m sure. The potential is there.

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Undoubtedly a good shot stopper at close range.

However, since he has been in the team we have started regularly conceding 2 per game. 4 out of last 5 games. His clean sheet at Boro - still wondering how they failed to score in that one.

I have more than suspicion this is because he isn't great at the other stuff (coming for balls into box/corners etc). 

I'm hoping Maenpaa is back soon because he doesn't have to make many blinding saves because he does a lot of the important stuff beforehand.

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13 minutes ago, ChippenhamRed said:

So, we’ve made it to the play offs and all three keepers are 100% fit for the semi final first leg. Who you picking?

If Niki (or moreso Frankie) are fit before the season ends I think Max deserves a chance to keep his place.

But if neither are back before the season ends but are fully fit for the playoffs then it has to be Niki in goal.

 

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Would rather Max stayed in and around the first team next season rather than going on loan. 

We have already seen that his stop stopping and kicking is class, in that he already offers more than Frankie who is only really a class shot-stopper. He needs to just be playing at this level as much as possible and I think that the commanding the box weakness will get stronger quicker than you think. A summer in the gym and on the weights and I think you could be seeing a top Championship keeper next season who will naturally dislodge Niki. 

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27 minutes ago, ChippenhamRed said:

So, we’ve made it to the play offs and all three keepers are 100% fit for the semi final first leg. Who you picking?

Maenpaa>O’Leary>Fielding

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31 minutes ago, ChippenhamRed said:

So, we’ve made it to the play offs and all three keepers are 100% fit for the semi final first leg. Who you picking?

Maenpaa 100%.

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5 hours ago, JamesBCFC said:

If Niki (or moreso Frankie) are fit before the season ends I think Max deserves a chance to keep his place.

But if neither are back before the season ends but are fully fit for the playoffs then it has to be Niki in goal.

 

 

4 hours ago, Lew-T said:

Maenpaa>O’Leary>Fielding

 

4 hours ago, bcfc01 said:

Maenpaa 100%.

Certainly my instinct would be to go with Maenpaa. If ever there was an occasion for experience and a calm presence between the sticks, it’s the play offs.

Certainly no criticism of the other two though. Just think Maenpaa is the most assured.

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Without doubt a great day for Max.
That said , there's a long way to go before I would say he is worthy of being number one.
Crosses are a worry, although I like that he comes for them. Yesterday he shovelled a shot out to a striker who should have scored. Luckily it was Albert and he doesn't do that sort of thing against us. 
Those saves were amazing though , and  If he starts to catch and dominate his area more he can go a long way, his distribution is excellent too.

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If we don't go up he'll be #1 next season by the sounds of things. 

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12 hours ago, ChippenhamRed said:

 

 

Certainly my instinct would be to go with Maenpaa. If ever there was an occasion for experience and a calm presence between the sticks, it’s the play offs.

Certainly no criticism of the other two though. Just think Maenpaa is the most assured.

For some reason some think we need to default to 'experience' when things get crunchy. Why? it's the younger ones that usually step up to the mark.

If ever there was an occasion for young hungry, agile and technically strong keepers between the sticks its the play-offs - Max O'Leary. Have faith in the incredible talent we have under our very noses

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On 14/04/2019 at 09:50, The Journalist said:

The only reason we didn’t lose by four or five.

I love it when posters make statements like this not thinking that so many other actions can effect a result .

I accept that you are praising Max and I am with you on this . The young lad has been fantastic  since he’s come in to a pressurised situation and suddenly playing  two games a week . He deserves all the credit but he has a long way to go before he’s the finished article. 

I hope Maenpaa is back between the sticks just as soon as he’s fit to take some pressure off MOL .

Keep it up Max .

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I've only seen the highlights of the Villa game and he did make some brilliant saves, but some of those he only had to make because he didn't deal with the initial effort quite well enough (ie. Pushed it out to the middle of the 6 yard box).

That said, the full games I have seen him in I have been impressed. He's obviously a good shot stopper, decent with the ball at his feet and looks to have the right temperament for a keeper. Decision making can be a little hit and miss and his handling could be better but there's a lot there to work with. My view is a L1 loan next year would really see him kick on.

 

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9 hours ago, Jack Bailey said:

For some reason some think we need to default to 'experience' when things get crunchy. Why? it's the younger ones that usually step up to the mark.

If ever there was an occasion for young hungry, agile and technically strong keepers between the sticks its the play-offs - Max O'Leary. Have faith in the incredible talent we have under our very noses

In some positions I might agree but I think goalkeeper is a position where experience is particularly advantageous in high pressure situations. An experienced goalkeeper is less likely to be intimidated by the occasion and can bring calm to the defence.

I don’t understand why the play offs are an occasion for a “young hungry, agile and technically strong” goalkeeper more than at any other time. That makes little sense. Those are physical attributes equally important in all situations.

Experience in goal generally brings with it calmness and assurance, mental attributes that become even more important in the most pressurised situations.

It’s not any lack of faith in Max, it’s simply who I think is best equipped for the situation. For me that’s Maenpaa.

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