Rodgers hails Hornets keeper

22 March 2009 12:08
The 20-year-old, who was on the Blues' books as a schoolboy, denied David Norris twice and then kept out another effort from Pablo Counago.

But the best was yet to come when he showed lightning reflexes to tip away a scorching Alan Quinn effort and then parry another from Jon Stead.

Rodgers said: "Scott's kicking wasn't as good as normal and I told him so - I want him to feel he can still improve and progress.

"But overall he deserved his clean sheets after making some excellent saves.

"He's a wonderful prospect for the future and he's always willing to learn.

"He comes in every day with a hunger and determination and he's got all the attributes to be a top goalkeeper.

"He's a good athlete and gets around the box, but he also makes saves - which is the bottom line."

Rodgers admitted being proud and heartened by the way his side secured a point.

He continued: "We showed characteristics which are going to be very important if we're to be successful in the future.

"There was a steel and determination and some very good football moments, too. Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we're making.

"It was a good point for us and maybe it could have been all three with a bit more quality in terms of our final pass."

Town boss Jim Magilton admitted his side are slipping 'further and further away' from the play-offs after dropping more points at Portman Road.

He said: "I didn't like our performance in the first half. We lacked a sense of purpose.

"We didn't take a risk on winning and maybe the exertions of playing in midweek caught up with both teams.

"There were a few choice words at half-time - we needed it more than them - and we needed to find a sense of purpose.

"After the break we had enough chances to win two games but their goalkeeper played very well and we just don't seem to have a killer-instinct at home.

"There always seems to be a sense of edginess or nervousness and it's so frustrating.

"We haven't had a real desire to go and stick the ball in the net.

"We've got to play with more urgency but there's enough experience and quality in the team - it shouldn't have to come through the coaching team.

"The lads ran themselves to a standstill and I can't fault their attitude and application.

"The play-offs are getting further and further away but I can't and won't concede that we're out of the race.

"We'll keep going and I certainly won't allow the season to peter out."

Source: Team_Talk