Big Guns Ready; Blues Are in Safe Hands with Purse!

By Tattum, Colin | Birmingham Evening Mail (England), March 31, 2000 | Go to article overview

Big Guns Ready; Blues Are in Safe Hands with Purse!


Tattum, Colin, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


DARREN Purse is ready to come to Blues rescue again - this time as a stand-in goalkeeper.

With Kevin Poole KO'd just 48 hours after Ian Bennett was ruled out for the rest of the season, Trevor Francis once again found himself with another giant injury poser.

He today signed Everton's Thomas Myhre on loan and if he gets crocked on his debut against Wolves, the Blues boss will have to turn to Purse, the club's Mr Versatile.

Don't laugh, for the rugged stopper has donned the gloves before - and saved a penalty.

It was back in January 1996 when Leyton Orient goalkeeper Ron Fearon was dismissed for a foul on Torquay United's Simon Garner.

Purse, who was just short of his 19th birthday, went in goal and produced a flying save that kept out Ian Hathaway's subsequent spot-kick.

'It was to the bottom left, I guessed correctly and it wasn't a bad save to be honest,' Purse recalled. 'Trouble was, we lost 2-1 to a last minute header.'

Concerned

'I hope I don't have to go in goal this season, but if it comes to that it wouldn't concern me,' Purse went on.

'I always used to have a go when I was at school. As I was one of the better players I could choose my position - and I went in when I was tired!

'In training when the lads want some shooting practice and Ian Bennett or Pooley don't fancy it, they take shots at me. …

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