Wes feels he is getting better with new style

Wes Foderingham

Wes Foderingham

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

WES Foderingham feels like he is improving as a goalkeeper playing in Swindon Town’s adventurous attacking style.

Foderingham is one of the longest serving players currently at the club and has seen his status grow into one of the side’s senior players, but now he has a different role. This season the 23-year-old has been asked by manager Mark Cooper to take on a ‘sweeper ‘keeper’ position, starting moves from his own box and improving his distribution.

Having played as a youngster out on pitch Foderingham is happy with the ball at his feet and feels comfortable with what’s being asked of him.

Speaking to the local media he said: “I definitely feel like I’m improving as a player, I’m enjoying it. I believe it’s the right way to play football it’s the way the modern game is evolving now.

“Everyone’s going to start trying to play out from the back, goalkeepers need to be good with their feet and I’m happy to be part of it.

“The gaffer wants to play higher up the pitch and that means the goalkeeper has to play higher up the pitch as well and try and deal with balls over the top.”

A change in role has also meant Foderingham’s training has been adapted to suit develop his ability to play with both feet under pressure, a task he knows he has to wok on.

“I’ve been doing a lot of extra work with kicking, a lot on my right-foot as well because that’s come into use a bit more. I have the ball at the feet a lot more in these games, so I’ve got to adapt the training and work a lot more on my distribution.”

In Tuesday’s draw with Gillingham Swindon’s number one came under a bit of pressure with one his kicks and was unfortunate to see it strike Jordan Turnbull and loop into the path of Danny Kedwell who scored. Foderingham is a confident player and says the accident will not have an affect on his game.

“It’s one of those things that happens. There’s no getting away from it, I’ve come out of the box and tried to clear it and Jordan’s done the right thing in trying to shield the ball into me and it’s unfortunate it’s ricocheted of his back. I wont look too much into it and I’m sure he won’t either.”

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10:00am Fri 22 Aug 14

itslove says...

Its right he should set the ball out from the back , but that's not sweeping . We need a decent defence . He should concentrate between the posts . I think sometimes he should surprise and send forward long balls just to mix it all up a bit . You cant just play a passing game , even Arsenal come unstuck with that .
Its right he should set the ball out from the back , but that's not sweeping . We need a decent defence . He should concentrate between the posts . I think sometimes he should surprise and send forward long balls just to mix it all up a bit . You cant just play a passing game , even Arsenal come unstuck with that . itslove
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10:58am Fri 22 Aug 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

This is going to be an observation, not a criticism.

If we are going to involve our keeper as a distributor, there is little doubt that Wes is one of the best we've had to do so. I can't imagine us ever asking Nicky Hammond or Bart Griemink to do it!

But how does asking our keeper to kick it long, differ from asking any other defender to do so?

We have cultivated a style that abhors the thought of a long ball... but then we tell the goalkeeper to do it.

It's true that Wes is adept enough with his feet to play shorter passes to closer team mates, and also that by him doing it rather than a defender, we do have an extra player further up the pitch.

But it seems a contradiction that he is the only player who is actually instructed to bang it long if he thinks fit.
This is going to be an observation, not a criticism. If we are going to involve our keeper as a distributor, there is little doubt that Wes is one of the best we've had to do so. I can't imagine us ever asking Nicky Hammond or Bart Griemink to do it! But how does asking our keeper to kick it long, differ from asking any other defender to do so? We have cultivated a style that abhors the thought of a long ball... but then we tell the goalkeeper to do it. It's true that Wes is adept enough with his feet to play shorter passes to closer team mates, and also that by him doing it rather than a defender, we do have an extra player further up the pitch. But it seems a contradiction that he is the only player who is actually instructed to bang it long if he thinks fit. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
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1:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Vintage Trouble says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
This is going to be an observation, not a criticism. If we are going to involve our keeper as a distributor, there is little doubt that Wes is one of the best we've had to do so. I can't imagine us ever asking Nicky Hammond or Bart Griemink to do it! But how does asking our keeper to kick it long, differ from asking any other defender to do so? We have cultivated a style that abhors the thought of a long ball... but then we tell the goalkeeper to do it. It's true that Wes is adept enough with his feet to play shorter passes to closer team mates, and also that by him doing it rather than a defender, we do have an extra player further up the pitch. But it seems a contradiction that he is the only player who is actually instructed to bang it long if he thinks fit.
I think Wes going long is more of a last resort. If the defence can't find a short pass they go back to the GK, then make an angle to receive the ball again. Thompson does this brilliantly. If Wes can't play a short pass or the angle doesn't appear then he needs to go long, but as you say it should leave a man spare in midfield as the opposition have pushed up to our defenders looking to receive the ball. I'm fascinated by the way we play and the philosophy behind it, long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: This is going to be an observation, not a criticism. If we are going to involve our keeper as a distributor, there is little doubt that Wes is one of the best we've had to do so. I can't imagine us ever asking Nicky Hammond or Bart Griemink to do it! But how does asking our keeper to kick it long, differ from asking any other defender to do so? We have cultivated a style that abhors the thought of a long ball... but then we tell the goalkeeper to do it. It's true that Wes is adept enough with his feet to play shorter passes to closer team mates, and also that by him doing it rather than a defender, we do have an extra player further up the pitch. But it seems a contradiction that he is the only player who is actually instructed to bang it long if he thinks fit.[/p][/quote]I think Wes going long is more of a last resort. If the defence can't find a short pass they go back to the GK, then make an angle to receive the ball again. Thompson does this brilliantly. If Wes can't play a short pass or the angle doesn't appear then he needs to go long, but as you say it should leave a man spare in midfield as the opposition have pushed up to our defenders looking to receive the ball. I'm fascinated by the way we play and the philosophy behind it, long may it continue. Vintage Trouble
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