Goalkeeper Marek Rodak went a long way to proving himself with a clean sheet in Rotherham’s win over Northampton on Saturday.
The Slovakia Under-21 international, who will miss the next two games, produced two brilliant stops in the second half to keep his side’s lead in tact and then commanded his area superbly as the Cobblers threw bodies forward late on.
Not everyone in the AESSEAL New York Stadium was convinced by his methods, though, as he adopted an almost exclusive punching policy to balls into the box.
It wasn’t always necessary and the crowd let him know it in time added on with some ironic cheers when he finally did claim a cross.
But boss Paul Warne, who was irked by that response, endorsed his goalkeeper’s way of doing things.
“I am really pleased, the way we defended in the last 10 minutes, with the help of the goalkeeper,” Warne said.
“In the dressing room after the game the lads were all congratulating Marek because he just kept coming and getting it out of the box and on a wet day if the keeper comes and drops it at a striker’s feet I am not best pleased.
“He takes the pressure off the back four and Woody and Michael say it’s great playing in front of him.”