There had been growing calls for Darren Randolph to get his chance in the side ahead of Adrian and it finally felt like he got his opportunity against Tottenham last month.
Why the change from Slaven? I think the fact that Darren has had added game time recently because of the international break would’ve helped his case and could’ve been the deciding factor heading into such a big game. It’s hard to choose between the two of them because they are both very good goalkeepers. It’s great that we are in this position and it’s been a while since we had two goalkeepers of this ilk.
For Slaven, it was a bold move to drop Adrian and put Randolph in goal for the Spurs game. If he’d come in and had an absolute howler against Spurs, people would’ve been asking why he dropped Adrian. But if he then comes in and pulls off a few great saves, Slaven’s decision is praised but equally people ask why he wasn’t in the team before.
For Adrian, he has really been punished this season for the mistakes he has made. Th ere were a few he made last season that he got away with but not this year. Th ese mistakes have cost us not only goals but also points, and it does play on your mind as a defender. You start to do things diff erently. We don’t get to see how the two ‘keepers have been training but performances in training will have had an impact.