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Head to Head: Tom Heaton vs. Neil Etheridge

Head to Head: Tom Heaton vs. Neil Etheridge

Ahead of our huge fixture away to Burnley at Turf Moor, we have a look at how the Bluebirds match up to Burnley pound for pound. Firstly we will start with between the sticks:

Neil Etheridge

The Philippines number one is a strong contender for Player of the Season and is in serious danger of usurping the legendary David Marshall as Cardiff’s best goalkeeper of the last decade.

This season, he has earned plaudits from far and wide and a strong case could be made that the Bluebirds may well have already been relegated were it not for his goalkeeping heroics between the sticks.

His statistics place him in the top two goalkeepers in the Premier League for saves made, ahead of David De Gea, Hugo Lloris and Liverpool’s Alisson, and whilst this is perhaps a reflection of our defensive frailties, he cannot be faulted.

  • Games played: 32 game
  • Goals conceded: 61 goals (1.9 per game)
  • Clean sheets: 8 Shots saved: 114 (3.5 per game)

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Not bad for a free signing, originally thought to be Cardiff’s second-choice goalkeeper.

 


 

Tom Heaton

Formerly of this here parish, Tom “Bungle” Heaton occupies a special place in Bluebirds’ hearts, as he was a key component of the League Cup run in 2012, saving two penalties at Wembley, including one from Steven Gerrard.

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Second only to club legend Marshall, in most other squads he would have been undisputed number one and only left to pursue first team football. He left with most Bluebirds’ best wishes.

He has had to fight injury and serious competition from the likes of England goalkeeper Joe Hart, but has regained his place and has never looked like losing it again.

His goals conceded statistic is slightly more impressive than Etheridge, but that could primarily be down to a more experienced defensive unit in front of him and less games played:

  • Games played: 14 games
  • Goals conceded: 19 goals (1.35 per games)
  • Clean sheets: 3 Shots saved: 42 (3 per game)

A solid presence between the sticks and certainly someone that can break Cardiff hearts on Saturday. Our strikers will need to be firing on all cylinders to get the better of one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

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