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Warner Praises Gilks

18 March 2014

Coach on Scotland international

Blackpool’s goalkeeping coach has heaped praise upon stopper Matt Gilks, as The Seasiders buckle themselves in for the final ten games of the season.

A week ago Gilks’ penalty save helped secure a crucial win over Millwall – one of many important stops the Scot has produced this campaign.

And the coach, who joined Pool during the summer, has backed him to continue his solid form during this important period.

“He is a very good goalkeeper, and is an international at that, he knows what he is doing,” said Warner.

“Gillo sees things that nobody else can see, things that I can’t even see, because he is standing there in the position. 

“We’ve had a lot of deflections recently, but that is just unlucky, you don’t get deflections by standing on the corner flag, it’s when you’re in the line of the ball, trying to make an impact.”

In recent weeks Gilks has conceded and saved penalties in a roller-coaster month for the goalkeeper, as well as spending time away with Scotland.

Along with Gilks, Warner has welcomed Mark Halstead back to training, after his extended spell on the side-lines, and the Liverpudlian is happy to have busy sessions back on the agenda.  

“They’re both very hard working, Gillo and Mark, which I think you’ll generally find with goalkeepers. You won’t find many lazy ones, because there is nowhere to hide. These lads fit into that category; I really enjoy working with them.

“We all make mistakes, and if Gillo does make one then he dusts himself down and gets on with it. He is a good all-round keeper, which is why he is still here after all this time; he is a superb professional who looks after himself.”

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