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1. He is only 6ft tall and if he punches the ball, he is able to get the ball out of the danger area, without the prospect of dropping the ball in the penalty area

2. He comes a long way and usually in to traffic, it is hard to come over bodys and collect the ball safely

3. Having seen the way he tapes up his hands, catching a ball with pace, swerve and dip would not be an easy thing to do.

Its all about not making errors, unfortunatley he made one trying to punch the ball away.

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1. He is only 6ft tall and if he punches the ball, he is able to get the ball out of the danger area, without the prospect of dropping the ball in the penalty area

2. He comes a long way and usually in to traffic, it is hard to come over bodys and collect the ball safely

3. Having seen the way he tapes up his hands, catching a ball with pace, swerve and dip would not be an easy thing to do.

Its all about not making errors, unfortunatley he made one trying to punch the ball away.

good post (tu)

his punching is excellent, but it isnt as safe as catching the ball

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to punch the ball all of the time

The last couple of games his tendency to come and punch has greatly increased. It is very unreliable and cost us yesterday

Dont think its a case of this just starting, hes always done it and its cost us a few times this season, still reckon despite being a bit dodgy on crosses hes the best we've got

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MacGregor isn't great with cross balls, but neither was Klos but he knew this and stayed on his line and done what he does best, stops shots. MacGregor comes for far too many crosses that he may not get to, like Klos he's a good shot stopper and should take a leaf out of his book and stay on his line more often.

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MacGregor isn't great with cross balls, but neither was Klos but he knew this and stayed on his line and done what he does best, stops shots. MacGregor comes for far too many crosses that he may not get to, like Klos he's a good shot stopper and should take a leaf out of his book and stay on his line more often.

The Graveson goal reminds me of the one Hartson scored at the Broomloan end 3 years ago, similar distance and angle.

Klos stayed on his line for that one and was criticised for doing so.

Basically the ball got through to Graveson who was unmarked with time and space to shoot, if McGragor had stayed on his line the ball would still have gone to Graveson and the outcome would have been the same.

The question should be why he was given the space.

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MacGregor isn't great with cross balls, but neither was Klos but he knew this and stayed on his line and done what he does best, stops shots. MacGregor comes for far too many crosses that he may not get to, like Klos he's a good shot stopper and should take a leaf out of his book and stay on his line more often.

The Graveson goal reminds me of the one Hartson scored at the Broomloan end 3 years ago, similar distance and angle.

Klos stayed on his line for that one and was criticised for doing so.

Basically the ball got through to Graveson who was unmarked with time and space to shoot, if McGragor had stayed on his line the ball would still have gone to Graveson and the outcome would have been the same.

The question should be why he was given the space.

I'm pretty sure if MacGregor had stayed on his line he would have saved it.

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If McGregor had stayed on his line he'd have been in a position to try to save Gravesen's shot. At the angle he took it at there wasn't much goal to aim at, a save would have been likely.

McGregor has made a few mistakes positionally and his decision making is sometimes suspect. He's a pretty good shot stopper but that doesn't not hide his deficiency's.

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He has been punching more often recently, starting at about the Hearts game. The reason for this is that on most of the games we have played since then it has either been raining or the ground was already wet from previous rain. Hence the ball has been slippery and difficult to hold onto and he has decided to punch the ball more to remove the risk of dropping the ball.

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MacGregor isn't great with cross balls, but neither was Klos but he knew this and stayed on his line and done what he does best, stops shots. MacGregor comes for far too many crosses that he may not get to, like Klos he's a good shot stopper and should take a leaf out of his book and stay on his line more often.

The Graveson goal reminds me of the one Hartson scored at the Broomloan end 3 years ago, similar distance and angle.

Klos stayed on his line for that one and was criticised for doing so.

Basically the ball got through to Graveson who was unmarked with time and space to shoot, if McGragor had stayed on his line the ball would still have gone to Graveson and the outcome would have been the same.

The question should be why he was given the space.

the goal that i think your on about only bet klos cos it took a deflection of Khizanishvili

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Comung for crosses and punching, therefore taking the pressure off what is still a dodgy defense is absolutely fine.

If/When he starts punching away shots, which he should be holding, then we should start looking at him punching.

Making a mountain out of a molehill. All top class keepers punch, although some are more effective at doing it than others.

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imo punching the ball is always dodgy.Never the best option

I don't know. Goram also punched the ball a lot but did it with such confidence and effectiveness that most people will insist that he caught crosses.

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I think the goal against the tims was Smiths fault.

Smith was caught well out of position and got caught in the line of fire.

I have never really seen any problem with the boy punching the ball, most of the time he gets good purchase on the ball and its punched away a decent distance.

FFS what choice does he have with a defense who can't header a ball to save themselves.

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Ok - speaking as an ex-goalie here is how it goes.

Some people think you have to catch the ball at all times, others prepare to punch

However, the answer is, it doesnt matter!

That's right. The most important thing is that you make your decision instantly and are decisive in executing it.

To me, on Sunday, Alan was kind of caught between two stools and looked to be be tentative in both coming to a decision and then carrying it out. Thus, he ended up a yard and a half late to the party.

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IMO Smith was not at fault for the goal. The Celtic player in front of goal was unmarked and Smith had to come off his man to try to pick him up.

And anyway, if Alan had been decisive and punched that ball we would not be talking about Smiths positioning

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IMO Smith was not at fault for the goal.  The Celtic player in front of goal was unmarked and Smith had to come off his man to try to pick him up. 

And anyway, if Alan had been decisive and punched that ball we would not be talking about Smiths positioning

Well said that man Smith isnt to blame for the goal he is expectin MacGregor to either catch the ball or punch it but he does neither simply as i have said earlier in the post MacGregor miss judged the flight of the ball or he has had 1 eye on zurawski incase he stuck his head on it

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