Gaffe goalkeeper Fulop hoping to get the nod against Spurs
04 March 2009 04:41
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Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop hopes his clanger at Liverpool will not cost him his first-team spot against his former club Tottenham
at the weekend.
The Wearsiders are at home to Spurs in a game that could go a long way to resolving relegation issues in the Barclays Premier League.
And Fulop fears for his place after his mistake at Anfield which allowed Yossi Benayoun to score a crucial second goal in a 2-0 victory for the Merseysiders.
Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia refused to condemn Fulop for the error, when he palmed out a David Ngog hook straight to Benayoun.
'I'm not going to blame Marton. He has been great for us recently, but I don't think he will be watching their second goal over and over again,' said Sbragia.
'He knows he made a mistake, he paid the penalty and we conceded. The second one killed us off.'
Hungarian-born Fulop, who joined Sunderland for £500,000 from Spurs two years ago, has held his place recently despite Craig Gordon's recovery from injury.
And Fulop said: 'I will have to look at the video to judge exactly what happened with the second goal.
'I don't know if I should have stayed on my line or perhaps punched it. I tried to catch the cross, but it was a bit too long.
'I misjudged it and Liverpool scored. This is the goalkeeper's life. It is the manager's decision now for Spurs. I will prepare like I'm No 1 and am playing.
'If he wants to change it, I will have to deal with that. But I felt good in the game.
'I made a mistake and, against a good team particularly, it costs you.'