Luton skipper backs Arsenal keeper after Newport error

Matt Macey punches clear against Newport County

Matt Macey punches clear against Newport County

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Hatters keeper Matt Macey has received the backing of skipper Scott Cuthbert after his bizarre error in the 1-1 draw at Newport County on Tuesday night.

The on-loan Arsenal stopper was left completely and utterly bamboozled by Sean Rigg’s free kick after 28 minutes, as he watched the Exiles’ attacker’s deadball attempt fly past him to make it 1-1 at Rodney Parade.

If he’s made a mistake then that’s what happens with young players and it’s about supporting him and about learning and not doing it again.

Scott Cuthbert

Speaking afterwards, Cuthbert said: “I’m marking my man, the wall’s there in line and ball’s gone over and it’s just gone in the net.

“I’ve not seen Matty’s position, so can’t really comment, but it’s a disappointing goal to lose when the ball goes into the middle of the net.

“But he’s a young lad, he’s done fantastic since he’s come in here. He’s had big shoes to fill in Christian Walton and he’s a big lump of a boy, a big, confident boy.

“We will support him, if he’s made a mistake then that’s what happens with young players and it’s about supporting him and about learning and not doing it again.”

Macey did redeem himself in the second period with a superb stop from sub Tom Owen-Evans, who looked odds on to make it 2-1 to the hosts, the 22-year-old brilliantly stretching out a right arm to divert his shot behind.

Cuthbert added: “That’s a great save, he’s as young keeper, he’s going to learn.

“I’m 29 myself and I still make mistakes and it’s still going to happen all through your career and it’s how you react.

“He’s a confident lad and will have all the lads round him and he’ll react fine. All the lads will be backing him all the way and he’ll be fine.”