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Goalkeeping legends give their advice
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Goalkeeping legends answered your questions
Four top goalkeepers, past and present, joined the Academy for a chat about life between the sticks.

Loads of you emailed our line-up of shot-stoppers to find out some of the secrets of the "goalkeeping union".

You can read their answers to your most popular questions below.


How do you decide which way to dive to save a penalty?

Former Wimbledon player Dave Beasant: The way I do it is to watch a player's run up and see how they plant their standing foot.

But I'd say it's all down to luck."

Current Watford keeper Alec Chamberlain: "I also think that it's best to try and see what the player will do by watching his body shape.

"But I have to say I have a shocking record and whenever we concede a penalty at Watford, it's more or less a cast iron goal, I'm afraid.


What is the best advice for any aspiring goalkeepers?

Chamberlain: Believe in yourself. There are plenty of people ready to knock you, so it's important to have mental strength.

Dave Beasant
Beasant says believe in yourself
Charlton coach Mervyn Day: The biggest thing when you are young is to enjoy yourself. After all, what is better than diving around in six inches of mud?

Former Manchester United goalie Alex Stepney: "Concentration is key and if you can catch the ball then you've got a chance."

Beasant: "It might sound stupid, but Alex is right. A goalkeeper needs to be able to catch the ball.

"It's ok diving around, but you must be confident about catching the ball. You have to believe in your own hands."


How do you cope after making a glaring error during a match?

Current Charlton keeper Dean Kiely:
"You have to have to realise that mistakes will happen and they will be highlighted.

"Sometimes you can be made to look amateurish, but the important thing is that you bounce back and get on with your job."


Who are the top keepers in the Premiership at the moment?

Day: "David Seaman is still up there - although he is not quite as quick as he used to be, his positional sense and decision making overcomes that."

Beasant: "Brad Friedel has been one of the best in the country this season. He has the perfect physique - elongated arms that almost go down to his knees.

He and Carlo Cudicini have been outstanding."


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