Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp has delivered an honest assessment of how he has managed to recover from an error, which lead to the Blues losing 1-0 at Wigan Athletic, to help Pep Clotet’s side respond with a win against Middlesbrough.
Camp has remained Birmingham’s number one keeper despite Clotet replacing Garry Monk as the Blues manager this summer, and the 35-year-old has already produced some strong performances this season, but in a 1-0 defeat at Wigan in their last away game before the international break, the experienced keeper allowed a speculative effort from Anthony Pilkington under his body which cost his side the game.
The 35-year-old, though, recovered well from that in the win against Middlesbrough last time out at St Andrews, and was kept relatively quiet by a dominant performance by Birmingham, while there was nothing he could have done about Daniel Ayala’s scrambled equaliser he looked assured and back to his best.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Camp was keen to highlight that he has recovered from the error at Wigan and that he believes it is something which all keepers will suffer from at some point and the important thing is to recover, saying “I’ve been there before but it happens to all goalkeepers.
“I mean Dean Henderson made a mistake last weekend, I made one [last] Tuesday and there will be people throughout the Football League making one tomorrow.
“It’s just unfortunate that when it happens to a goalkeeper nine times out of 10 it results in a goal and the even bigger kicker was we lost the game off it when we probably deserved a point.
“You know what, these things happen, and no one died.
“It’s part and parcel of a goalkeeper’s life. I’ve played in many games where goalkeepers have made mistakes.”
Camp is certainly experienced enough to have learnt that errors can happen to even the best keepers, as he alluded to, and the 35-year-old has shown throughout his career an ability to recover from those mistakes and go out and deliver match winning, or point saving performances in the next match.
Birmingham’s defence kept Camp quiet against Middlesbrough in the main, but he still showed he had recovered from the error he made at Wigan by doing everything that was asked of him in an assured fashion.
The Blues keeper will have been pleased that he has remained the club’s number one this term despite the change in manager, and he will be aware that with David Stockdale pushing for a start that he can not afford to dwell on mistakes, which he certainly showed he the willingness not to do against Middlesbrough.