Sheffield Wednesday: Bolton keeper’s ‘nightmare’

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While Damian Martinez and Chris Kirkland compete for the Owls jersey, tomorrow’s opponents Bolton have their own goalkeeping issue to sort out

Adam Bogdan dropped a clanger in the Trotters’ last home match - a 1-1 draw with Yeovil - when he was beaten by a long-range shot.

Since then they have drawn at Blackpool and won at Birmimngham - but Bogdan conceded eight goals while playing for Hungary against Holland, who won 8-1, and was dropped for his country’s next match, against Andorra. It has caused speculation about a possible recall to the Bolton side for Andy Lonergan.

But manager Dougie Freedman believes that Bogdan’s recent experiences could do him good.

“He is a fantastic guy and he made a terrible mistake against Yeovil,” said Freedman.

“I will not defend him because he is big enough and ugly enough to take any criticism and get on with it.

“He knows he was the one who chose to put the gloves on when he was young and he knows what comes with the territory. He’s going to get loads of pats on the back when he makes wonderful saves – as he did against Yeovil – and he’s going to get a bit of criticism when he lets a goal in, particularly from away fans.

“He’s got to deal with it. He’s got to make sure he’s strong enough because there is only one person who can help him, and that’s him.

“He knows what I think of him but these are the things that players have got to go through to get better.

“I’m not a Hungary fan but I did feel for him because playing against Holland in that kind of form, I think they could pretty much beat anyone in the world.

“Sometimes you have got to be a bit realistic and deal with it – and in a very, very strange and awkward way, it might actually be good for him in the long run.

“He doesn’t shirk responsibility; from a professional point of view he’s someone who always puts his hand up.

“He texted me that night with a joke and said ‘I’ve had a bit of a nightmare.’

“But I played for Nottingham Forest when Manchester United beat us 8-1 and I told him that time is the best healer and that I still love him!

“He understands that there is no use moping around or pointing the finger and saying it is someone else’s fault. He takes it on the chin.”