It was a night to forget for Liverpool’s two Championship loaned goalkeepers on Tuesday as both Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan made costly errors for their temporary clubs.
The two stoppers have made contrasting starts to life at their new teams, with Ward a key factor behind Huddersfield’s strong start to the campaign, oppositely to Bogdan’s mixed opening with struggling Wigan.
But both goalkeepers, who are each first choice at their loan sides, suffered similar emotions in the Championship’s midweek fixtures, as the duo made mistakes that resulted in defeat for their clubs.
The first of those saw Ward inadvertently gift promotion hopefuls Brighton a narrow 1-0 victory as he conceded a sloppy late goal just when it appeared he would earn a second successive clean sheet.
With the score goalless and just 10 minutes remaining as the home side pushed for a winner, Ward let a weak strike from Anthony Knockaert slip through his hands and trickle out of his grasp and over the line as he attempted to claw it out.
Usually nothing more than a routine stop, Ward will be extremely disappointed to have conceded from the split lapse in concentration which ended his side’s unbeaten start to the season.
DW: "unfortunately if a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it is a goal. However, Danny (Ward) is strong enough to not worry" #htafc (DTS)
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) September 13, 2016
The error naturally put a real dampener on what was overall another positive display from the Wales international, who made some sharp saves throughout on a testing evening for the youngster.
And it was certainly a difficult evening for the more senior of the goalkeeping duo too, with Bogdan producing an early howler in Wigan’s 2-1 loss at promotion chasers, Norwich.
Attempting to play out from the back the Hungarian exchanged passes with his defence, but after controlling to compose himself, took too long to clear his lines and saw the ball robbed off him and slotted home by Canaries winger Jacob Murphy.
GOL GOL GOL!
— JLo (@JCELodge) September 13, 2016
The calamitous error after just three minutes showed a remarkable lack of awareness from Bogdan, who somehow was oblivious to the chasing City striker, despite the ball coming from the side in which Murphy was relentlessly closing down.
Having conceded another goal that he could do little about eight minutes later, Bogdan has now shipped 12 goals in seven league games so far this season.
Despite responding well and making some decent stops after his mistake at Carrow Road, his continuing uninspiring form with another costly error mean it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his place in the team come under question.
Defeat for Wigan has seen them drop into the relegation zone and second bottom, 23rd place, while Huddersfield’s narrow loss has seen their lead at the top of the table ahead of Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle cut to just one point.
Both ‘keepers will look to bounce back positively this weekend, with Ward taking on QPR and Bogdan, if he stays in the team, set to face Fulham.