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I feel very sorry for Kristian Rogers, but the arrival of glovesman Marius Røvde at the Racecourse has got to be viewed as a welcome development.

I feel very sorry for Kristian Rogers, but the arrival of glovesman Marius Røvde at the Racecourse has got to be viewed as a welcome development.

In my opinion, ex-manager Flynn shouldn't have dispensed with the experienced Kevin Dearden in May, and by the same token, I don't feel that new boss Smith has acted swiftly enough on the goalkeeping front. With only two error-prone young keepers to choose from, he should have done a deal in late October rather than late January.

But the Norwegian has arrived to plug the gap - at last. I still don't quite understand the financial arrangement that has been struck, but if, as has been suggested, he is playing effectively as an "amateur", his attitude and commitment can only be applauded.

I'm not sure why a small club like Ayr United had six keepers on their books - but I'm happy that one has now swapped Scotland for Wales.

Røvde made his debut at Gigg Lane on Tuesday night. Clearly we've only got 90 minutes to go on, but this is my immediate verdict on the Reds' new no.1:

BODY LANGUAGE: Focused and alert, the 29-year-old did a good impression of a guy who was most definitely "up for it". He looked keen, eager and delighted to be playing first-team football again - even if it was for a struggling, perhaps doomed, second division outfit. As a keeper, he's not as tall as I would ideally have liked, but he made himself big when he had to. VERDICT: 9/10

CATCHING: Røvde pouched the simple balls easily enough, but dropped a floated cross in the second half. He'll definitely have to tighten up in this department. VERDICT: 6/10

COMMUNICATION: Wrexham's latest custodian was constantly talking, shouting and barracking in a moderately Schmeichel-esque fashion. However, for someone who, apparently, has such a good grasp of the English language, he was remarkably uncommunicative when the travelling fans roared out: "Marius, Marius, what's the score?" and "Marius, Marius, give us a wave!" VERDICT: 9/10

DISTRIBUTION: In his throwing, Røvde was simple and quick-thinking, but in his open-play kicking he wasn't instantly impressive - and badly sliced one particular clearance. VERDICT: 5/10

PUNCHING: The man from Tronheim made one excellent tip-over in the first half, but convinced no-one with a wild non-punch in a particularly fraught phase of play after the break. VERDICT: 4/10

SHOT-STOPPING: Røvde had no chance with Bury's deflected free-kick opener and couldn't really be blamed for the home team's scrambled equaliser. He was neat enough in his general gathering-up - and in the dying minutes made a superb sliding stop with his legs as the Shakers peppered his goal from the left-hand flank. VERDICT: 7/10

Overall, I would say the Scandanavian put in a solid rather then spectacular debut performance. He needs to work on his kicking, punching and catching, and as such, when the travelling contingent exalted him as Norway's Number One, it was a slightly tongue-in-cheek acclamation.


David Holmes
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