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EX-CELT ‘BEST IN LEAGUE’

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DAVID MARSHALL was hailed as the Championship’s top goalkeeper by boss Russell Slade after Cardiff City’s 2-0 win over Reading.
The former Celtic No.1 left the field to a standing ovation from the Welsh club’s fans after his heroics foiled Steve Clarke’s team.
Slade said: “David is the best keeper in the division and he’s in absolute top form at the moment.
“Reading’s strength is their movement in forward areas – it’s almost like playing against four centre-forwards.

“They are going to get opportunities, so your keeper has to be on his mettle and concentrating and that’s what David does so well.

“It was a good win against a very strong side. The first goal was important and we managed to get that.

“We controlled a lot of the first-half and their best chances came after we had scored.

“We looked a little bit more of a creative threat, which is what we were looking for. We were resilient and resolute in our defending.

“We were a constant threat and I’m really pleased with the reaction of the players after the defeat at Leeds and it keeps the momentum going at home.”

Clarke, the Royals’ gaffer, also applauded the Scotland international keeper.

He said: “Marshall was terrific and the fact he got the Man of the Match award shows we weren’t far away from a good result.
“We knew they would be a threat at set-plays, but we were very disappointed with the referee – the free-kick he gave for the first goal was very soft.

“They got the first goal which made it difficult for us, as well, and conceding from a corner is not like us.

“I have to give credit to the players because they kept going and kept trying and on another day some of those shots could have gone in.

“There are no prizes, relegation or promotion in November, so you just have to keep working away going from week-to-week and game-to-game.

“The last international break came at a bad time for us because we were on a roll but this time the players can go away and take stock and come back firing.”

It had been nine hours and 34 minutes since a Cardiff player had scored when Kenwyne Jones netted with a powerful header and Matthew Connolly added a second shortly after the interval.
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