Gills boss keeps faith in Cronin

23 September 2010 01:28
Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler has backed goalkeeper Lance Cronin to bounce back from the mistake that led to defeat by Bradford on Saturday.The Gills lost to an injury-time goal after the 25-year-old was out-jumped. [LNB]But Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "He's a good keeper, you don't become a bad keeper overnight just because you've made one mistake." [LNB]But Cronin faces a battle to keep his place against Burton on Saturday after Alan Julian returned to training. [LNB]The Gills' first choice keeper has been out for nearly a month after fracturing his hand against Lincoln. [LNB]Hessenthaler, who criticised Cronin after the mistake against Bradford, said: "If you can't take criticism in this game then you shouldn't be in it. [LNB]"I've been criticised in my career and for mistakes. [LNB]"I've been honest with him. I sat down and watched the DVD and ran through it with him. [LNB]"I thought he'd let the player dictate to him instead of him dictating the situation - that's how I see it. [LNB]"I've been critical of him because he made a mistake but we all make mistakes - and that's what I said to him. [LNB]"He'll be okay. He's got to keep his confidence up and I think people have got to believe in him. I do believe in him, I think he's a good keeper."

Source: BBC_Sport