Ex-Arsenal keeper James Shea will bounce back from Harrow Borough red-card nightmare.
So said Borough boss Dave Anderson in the wake of Shea’s Artur Boruc-like moment of madness which sealed the Reds’ 2-0 home defeat to Bury on Saturday.
The young custodian has been a revelation since arriving at Earlsmead from Needham Market earlier this season, a string of man of the match performances earning him the vice-president’s award for November.
However, far from beaming with pride he was left red faced in the 88th minute of Saturday’s league clash after dithering over a clearance and losing the ball to Town’s Billy Clark, before rugby tackling the striker to the ground.
Borough would concede the killer second goal from the resulting penalty, but boss Anderson, himself a former goalkeeper was happy to cut his custodian some slack for something he considered part of his education as a player.
He said: “James has binned the game by making a terrible mistake which you have to have been a goalkeeper to understand. I’ve been there and I’ve done it. I’ve done what he has done.
“I said to him after the game the guy on Match of the Day three weeks ago was getting probably £40,000 a week and he did it.
“Tony Roberts when he was at QPR gave away a similar goal, so we all make mistakes. Every day in football is a school day, but some are particularly tough school days and this was one for James.
“He will come out the other side of it because I have got great belief in him.
Shea’s blemish leaves Anderson adding a new goalkeeper to his Christmas wish list ready for the trip to high-flying Kingstonian on December 28.
Maybe Crystal Palace will come to the rescue, the Eagles having already provided Luke Croll as a replacement for Michael Chambers, now back at Selhurst Park after his loan stint at Earlsmead.
Croll, 18, is less experienced than his predecessor, but though technically a left-back gave a solid enough performance alongside stalwart Danny Leech at the heart of the rear-guard.
Boss Anderson was encouraged enough by his new charge’s showing. He added: “Luke is a different type of player from Michael Chambers.
“Michael is further up the food chain at Palace at the moment, but Luke, while he needs to adapt to this level looked a tidy player.”
Borough’s Ryman League Cup clash at Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night fell foul of the weather, but they resume their search for league points with a visit to Billericay on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Harrow’s tenants, Hendon, bounced back from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Dulwich Hamlet with a 6-0 thrashing of Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night.