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Goalkeeping Changes

There have been changes aplenty in Derby County`s goalkeeping department this week with suspensions, loans and first appearances all taking place in the space of seven days. After being sent off inside the first two minutes of the memorable victory at the City Ground last weekend it was confirmed that Frank Fielding would only face a one game ban making him unavailable for the visit of Millwall to Pride Park tomorrow. Fielding will be disappointed to miss out after a fine start to the season that saw him called into the full England squad for the recent round of qualifiers.

The blow will be lessened after he was ably replaced by fellow summer signing Adam Legzdins who had a fine game to help The Rams to three points against Forest despite his first action being to pick the ball out of the net from Andy Reid`s penalty. Legzdins dealt with the situation superbly and made an outstanding save from Joel Lynch late on to help secure the win and the former Burton Albion keepers is set to make his full debut tomorrow.

Leaving the club is Stephen Bywater who has joined League One Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency ninety-three day loan with this being seen as a chance for the former number one to earn himself a move. Bywater is reportedly one of the highest earners at Pride Park but does not feature in the plans of Nigel Clough after he brought in Fielding and Legzdins in the summer and the former West Ham stopper was not given a squad number this season. Talking to Radio Derby goalkeeping coach Martin Taylor re-iterated Bywater would not feature for The Rams this season saying:

'He's not in the squad at all. Nothing against Stephen because he's worked really hard but he doesn't figure in our plans. At his age he just needs to play games and get in the shop window.'



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Writer:MikeC
Date:Friday September 23 2011
Time: 7:13PM

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