Derby County manager Philip Cocu has praised the performance of goalkeeper Kelle Roos and his ability to improve his commanding of his box, following the Rams’ 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.
The Rams headed into the game with a point to prove, after they produced a poor performance in the 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic last weekend, and although they somewhat struggled to create many real chances on goal throughout the game, with Graeme Shinnie’s stoppage time winner the exception, they were at least much improved in defence.
Key to that and Derby’s ability to record a second successive clean sheet and third straight win at home, was the improved display of Roos, who has come under fire for his in ability to command his box against Charlton, with the 27-year-old managed to come for a few corners and relive pressure when needed against Wigan.
Speaking to Derby’s official website following the win against Wigan, Cocu praised Roos’ ability to improve and help his side keep a clean sheet, saying “Kelle did very well and I liked his presence with corners and high balls.
“He was a little more coming out of his goal, convincing punching and that gives confidence to the defence as well.
“We know he is good in one-on-one situations and has a very good reaction; he kept us in the game. We can be happy with his performance.
“He has been important in a few games for us, for example saving a penalty against Birmingham a few weeks ago.”
Cocu is right to point out the improved performance of Roos in the Rams’ win against Wigan, with the keeper much more commanding of his penalty area and helping to inspire confidence from his defence, which was vital in helping Derby record a clean sheet in response to shipping thee at Charlton.
Roos has had his fair share of critics at times this season, but the 27-year-old is a very capable shot stopper and if he could show a consistent ability to come for crosses then he would be a very key player for the Rams moving forwards, the key now will be whether he can produce such performances on a regular basis.
Derby needed a performance from Roos like he managed to produce on Wednesday and he has certainly shown that he has the ability to perform well in all the vital aspects needed from a keeper – and it is now up to him to continue that form in the coming weeks and months.