Ronnie Moore today hailed Trevor Carson as the number one keeper in League Two, writes Roy Kelly.
The Northern Ireland stopper may need to live up to this tag on Friday night if Hartlepool United are to avoid an FA Cup upset at Salford City.
He’s a quality keeper – probably the best in the league for me.
Carson was one of Moore’s big summer signings and the Pools boss is delighted to have the 27-year-old between the sticks.
He missed the first 13 weeks of the season with a toe problem and then sat on the bench for two matches due to the excellent form of Adam Bartlett.
But Carson has proven his quality over the last eight games with a string of outstanding performances and stunning saves.
Saturday’s display in the 1-0 defeat by Oxford United was a case in point, the former Sunderland goalie making great saves from Chris Maguire, Alex MacDonald and Liam Sercombe.
He will be the last line of defence at Moor Lane for the second round tie on Friday evening in front of the BBC2 cameras.
“Carson is making saves,” said Moore. “To be fair on Saturday, a lot were late on when we were open.
“But that’s what he’s there for.
“He’s a quality keeper – probably the best in the league for me.”
Moore said not only is he a good shot-stopper as he demonstrated against the League Two leaders, he commands his box.
Some goalies are shy to leave their line, though not Carson who gets out for crosses or comes out to make blocks by making himself ‘big’.
“There are not many who come and catch the ball like him,” said Moore.
“He can be a bit unorthodox at times, it can hit him on the chest, his face, wherever.
“He’s a bit like Peter Schmeichel in how he comes out and spreads himself.
“But he’s been excellent for us.”