Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C


Watch Bialkowski’s two stunning saves against Forest... so is he the Championship’s best goalkeeper?

PUBLISHED: 12:41 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 03 December 2017

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a reaction save to a Daryl Murphy effort, late in Town's 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a reaction save to a Daryl Murphy effort, late in Town's 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski stunning display against Nottingham Forest added yet more evidence to a body of work which suggests he may be the Championship’s best goalkeeper.

The Polish goalkeeper has been outstanding since securing the starting spot from Dean Gerken at Portman Road, saving his team time and again as his side’s last line of defence.

He produced a stunning save in the win at Derby on Tuesday night as he turned a deflected Tom Huddlestone shot away as Town held onto their narrow lead, and was at it again at Portman Road on Saturday.

MORE: McCarthy hails £250k striker Waghorn after star showing in 4-2 win against Forest

His first came after he palmed a Daryl Murphy shot away in the first half, with Tyler Walker’s follow up looking like to was going to creep over the line before the Pole scampered back and clawed the ball away to safety to keep his side a goal ahead.

He saved from Murphy again in the second half, turning the Irishman’s angled shot over the bar, but saved his best till last as he thwarted his former team-mate once again.

Bialkowski turned Murphy’s header onto the crossbar with a split-second save, before then pushing the ball away while lying on his back following the initial save.

MORE: Stuart says: Seven key talking points following Ipswich Town’s 4-2 home win against Nottingham Forest

The VAR replay of the save shows just how close the ball came from completely crossing the line, with two thirds of it over, before the Pole was able to push it away.

Following the game at Derby on Tuesday, manager Mick McCarthy praised his keeper and questioned whether he is the league’s best.

“If there’s been a better keeper in the league for the last two seasons I haven’t seen him, certainly at keeping the ball out of his net, at stopping shots he’d fantastic.”

Bartosz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse will both be fit for Ipswich Town’s trip to Bolton on Saturday.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to still be at the club come the end of the season.

Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.

Ipswich Town travel to Bolton Wanderers for a Championship clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24