This week, Developing Goalkeeping UK speaks to Watford keeper Sam Howes.
How did you find your time at Hampton and Richmond on loan from Watford?
Sam Howes: I found it very valuable and learnt so much from my time there, the massive difference was having the importance of playing for three points and having to try and win games rather than under 23s, where it’s just focused on development.
It certainly made me the goalkeeper I am today with a much stronger approach to the mental side of the game. I’m really grateful to Hampton for giving me the chance and it really has made me a more robust goalkeeper with the amount of games you have to play week in week out.
Do you find goalkeeping equipment very important or do you just find it just part of the game?
SH: I think the gloves are the key one really for me as I have a few issues with my wrists so I like to have gloves that are tight around that area for extra support.
Do I think there is a difference between £20 -£120 pair of gloves? Yes I do believe there is a difference. The ones that cost more do tend to last a lot longer but it all depends on how you feel and what you want from a glove.
How have you found your relationships with the managers you have played for so far and do you find them more negative than positive?
SH: I found them quite good as I am a very hard working goalkeeper and they always seem to like that about me. If they needed to tell me I wasn’t doing well enough or just highlight something from my game then they would but also be there to help and guide me.
All the managers I have had have all been very supportive and helped me in every way.
Goalkeeping tip of the week from Develop Goalkeeping UK’s Martin Brennan:
I feel sometimes the manager can look a lot more at the negatives more than the positives as sometimes they only see the negative things like conceding a weak goal.
I have always said with most managers/coaches (not all) if they are not talking to you that normally means they don’t have any issues with you. So a manager that doesn’t say much to you is normally a real positive sign.
Goalkeeping at times can be very lonely positions and we need to stay focused on the things we are doing really well at and not just waiting for the things we haven’t done so well at.
My advice to any level or age of goalkeeper is to stay as positive as possible while looking to help yourself through the not so good time and make sure you reward your self for the good things.
Sometimes the manager/coach may need a little goalkeeping knowledge to help them put their opinion on a certain situation.Some of the time a little guidance from your self will help you come to a solution together and not head to head.
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