Roy Keane has slammed West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph for his role in Finland’s winning goal against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.
Ireland’s winless run extended to six games as they suffered defeats in the UEFA Nations League courtesy of Fredrik Jensen’s 66th-minute goal.
Randolph played a key role in that goal when he gifted the ball to Finland’s Teemu Pukki before he went to find Augsburg’s Jensen in the penalty area.
Former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder Keane was less than pleased by the manner of which the goal was conceded and criticised Randolph after the match.
“They gave a shocking goal away,” said Keane on ITV’s Nations League Highlights show in the early hours of Thursday morning [12:41am]. “It’s well and good, the manager’s philosophy, he wants to play out from the back.
“This comes down to decision making from players. Ireland, here, they’re away from home, under pressure. Just relax.
“You’ve got an experienced goalkeeper here in Randolph – bad decision and even worse execution. Why a player would do that… decision making from an experienced goalkeeper. Crazy, crazy.
“He doesn’t play week-in, week-out and sometimes that’s why the sharpness isn’t there.”
It was only a few days ago when we were praising Randolph for his performance in Ireland’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Slovakia.
However, it just goes to show how one error can define a goalkeeper’s whole performance.
When a defender or midfielder gives away the ball, it doesn’t always lead to a goal but when something happens to a goalkeeper, like Randolph against Finland, it is more likely to lead a goal.
Stats by WyScout show that it was the only pass that the West Ham goalkeeper misplaced in the entire defeat in Helsinki.
It was unfortunate but goalkeepers need to be warier of something like this happening, especially as teams like to press higher up the pitch these days.
In other West Ham news, Andriy Yarmolenko staked his claim to play against Tottenham with a sublime display against Spain.