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Roy Keane Sums Up The Madness Of Jack Butland's FA Cup Horror Show

Roy Keane Sums Up The Madness Of Jack Butland's FA Cup Horror Show
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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Crystal Palace struggled in the first-half of their FA Cup visit to Millwall on Saturday, and Roy Keane was particularly unimpressed with their goalkeeper's antics.

A shocking mistake from Jack Butland allowed Millwall to roll the ball in to the net and take a shock 1-0 lead into half-time, and Keane couldn't understand Butland's decision-making process.

Roy Keane fuming with Crystal Palace goalkeeper

The FA Cup third round is always a highlight of the football calendar, and the tie threw up a London derby between Premier League club Crystal Palace and hosts Millwall of the Championship.

Millwall surprised their Premier League hosts by taking the lead in the first-half, and the goal didn't make for pretty viewing for Palace. Goalkeeper Jack Butland hesitated in clearing the ball and stumbled when he finally did get around to getting it clear, leading to a simple finish for Millwall striker Benik Afobe.


It was a poor mistake from Butland, and he was lucky that his team rallied early in the second-half to repair the damage.

Roy Keane appeared alongside Ian Wright on ITV's live coverage of the game, and he was unimpressed with the antics of Butland, who Keane said shouldn't have delayed his attempt at a clearance.

For the goalkeeper, whatever about your manager's philosophy or playing out from the back - you have to just clear the danger.

I never understand every time I see goalkeepers taking chances. Clear your lines and we'll argue afterwards! You talk about decision making, that defines players, careers really, when to make the right decision.

Why didn't he put his foot through it? It's beyond me.

Roy Keane has never been one to mince his words, but it's hard to argue with his assessment of the mistake from Jack Butland.


The trend of goalkeepers playing out from the back has exploded in recent years as a direct result of the influence of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Manchester City - and Keane noted that that influence may not always make for the best of advice.

There's a time and a place for that but not everybody is going to be as good as Manchester City and Barcelona. This philosophy of playing out from the back - of course, there's a time and a place.

That danger, the two strikers - as soon as the ball went back to the goalkeeper, their eyes lit up, they're thinking 'happy days'. Just get it out, clear your lines.

Luckily for Butland, two second half goals from Crystal Palace would spare his blushes.

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