CONRAD Logan has underlined the importance of a strong mentality needed by a goalkeeper after they’ve made an error which costs a goal.
The Rotherham United goalkeeper conceded a howler in the 1-1 draw at Northampton on Saturday when he cut out a low centre only for the ball to spin off his gloves and bounce behind him into the net, forever crediting him in the records with an own goal.
“I was disappointed but it was one of those things,” said the 25-year-old who is on loan from Leicester City.
“What happened was that I gambled because I ancticipated that he would put it across the six yard box.
“He smashed it, it hit my hand and just started spinning. I hoped it might go out for a corner but it spun in before I could get back to it.
“It was a mistake but ‘keepers making mistakes is part and parcel of the game.
“They make them at this level and they make them at the highest level. There’s every chance you can watch Match of the Day on a Saturday night and see someone make an error.
“But the best goalkeepers make the least mistakes.”
He said it was his whole response to it afterwards which enabled him to take a positive from the situation.
“Goalkeepers will make mistakes all over their careers. It’s how you respond and. thankfully, the one on Saturday, well, I proved it didn’t affect me afterwards.
“I take more of a positive about how I responded rather than dwelling on the mistake. You have to be mentally strong after something like that and i’d like to think I was.”
In the second half, having had nothing to do, he produced one of the saves of the season to ensure Rotherham stayed level.
“I must admit, I actually thought it was going in and I’d had it but I manage to get fingertips on it and it spun onto the angle (of bar and post). Fortunately, it spun the right way this time,” he chuckled.
Logan had got back in the side after Andy Warrington picked up a slight thigh injury in midweek and which affected his kicking.