Millwall keeper draws confidence from Trapattoni praise

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

DAVID Forde says being given the opportunity to stake his claim as the Republic of Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper has been a "massive slap on the back."

Giovanni Trapattoni indicated after his side's 2-0 win over Poland, in which Forde played the whole 90 minutes, that the Lions stopper is his current "number one" between the sticks.

The Italian explained that he was concerned that previous incumbent Keiren Westwood was lacking match sharpness, having been relegated to Sunderland's bench in recent months.



Forde said: "I have been lucky – football is a lot about luck as well when you get a break. I managed to get a lucky break and Keiren has been montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/tramadol unfortunate.

"I am good friends with Keiren off the pitch, so I am disappointed for him. But look, that's football and to be fair, he has supported me all the way and I would do the same for him.

"At the end of the day, it's great that the manager has put that trust in me, so I will take that as a compliment and a massive slap on the back.



"I just hope now I can repay him and bring a level of consistency in performances from club level into the international set-up.

"It's given me great confidence and belief that a manager like that has shown his faith in me."

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3 thoughts on “Millwall keeper draws confidence from Trapattoni praise

  • February 8, 2013 at 11:55
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    Great to see Forde get some recognition at last.

    16 clean sheets in 2008/09, 16 clean sheets in 2009/10, 20 clean sheets in 2010/11. Ever present during those three seasons. Suffered a loss of confidence in 2011/12, but has raised his game this season. Now number 1 for his country. And yet there are still Millwall supporters who claim that Forde is useless? He has been a key part of a strong defence for several seasons now. For a coach with the experience and knowledge of Trappatoni to trust him, he must be doing something right.

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  • February 8, 2013 at 12:17
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    Can't argue with those stats, I also think it takes a lot to come back from the loss of confidence and show the performance levels he is showing now. The Den can be a hard place for someone out of form. A confident Irish keeper is a confident Millwall keeper, so long may it continue. Oh, and good to see that he is not punching the ball any more!

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  • February 8, 2013 at 13:16
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    People mank and moan about Fordey but he is not a bad keeper at all. Even those keepers in the premshit flap during games. Whilst they have made some great saves take a look at some of the mistakes the likes of Mignolet, Green, De Gea, Guzan, Federici and others have made this season alone. If he was as good as we would like then he probably would not be with us would he?

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