Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zenden Keeping Faith with Sloppy De Goey

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zenden Keeping Faith with Sloppy De Goey

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Byline: DAVID BOND

Chelsea 1 Newcastle 1

NEW Dutch star Boudewijn Zenden today backed team-mate and fellow countryman Ed De Goey to bounce back from the blunder which cost Chelsea victory yesterday.

On an afternoon hyped as the dawn of a new era at Stamford Bridge it was, perhaps, inevitable the club would experience a few teething troubles.

And that proved to be the case with the match delayed for 10 minutes following a power failure in the ground's new west stand.

Shutdown off the pitch was followed by meltdown on it as goalkeeper De Goey, playing instead of injured first-choice Carlo Cudicini, fumbled Laurent Robert's free-kick.

And that allowed Newcastle's Clarence Acuna to tap in a 77th-minute equaliser.

But Zenden, who put Chelsea in front after eight minutes with a low drive which slithered through United keeper Shay Given's hands and legs, said De Goey would not dwell on his mistake for too long.

The [pound]7.5 million signing from Barcelona said: "I know him very well and he is a really strong character. But like every player you need some confidence to go out there and do your job.

"I am sure he'll do his best, no problem. It's up to the manager whether he gets the chance but it's also up to Ed to prove he can do it."

Although Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri had favoured Mark Bosnich during the club's preseason programme, he hinted that an injury to the former Manchester United keeper forced him to give De Goey his chance.

He might think twice before he does so again. Cudicini, who bizarrely injured his knee while walking his dog, is not expected to start training again until next week ruling him out of Saturday's trip to Southampton. And while publicly Ranieri was full of forgiveness yesterday, he is likely now to opt for Bosnich until his No 1 is fit.

Ranieri said: "I told him (De Goey) don't worry because it's normal that when a goalkeeper makes a mistake that it leads to a goal. …

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