McCarthy ready to rest Alnwick
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy is ready to take rookie keeper Ben Alnwick out of the firing line.
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy is ready to take rookie keeper Ben Alnwick out of the firing line.
The Black Cats, marooned at the bottom of the Premiership table, suffered their ninth straight defeat when going down 3-2 to Tottenham on Saturday.
Alnwick has, on the whole, impressed since replacing Kelvin Davis in the Bonfire Night loss at Arsenal after the ex-Ipswich Town keeper became a target for the boo-boys on Wearside.
Davis rapidly lost his confidence and McCarthy does not want the same thing happening to his highly-rated 18-year-old, who saved a Robbie Keane penalty during the White Hart Lane defeat.
"I took Kelvin out of the firing line but Ben Alnwick deserved to get into the team anyway," explained McCarthy.
"If I had been him, watching us keep conceding cheap goals, I would be wondering why I was not getting my chance.
"Maybe Kelvin Davis will be thinking the same thing now.
"Perhaps it is time for Kelvin to go back in because Ben will be feeling it, conceding goals."