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Martyn Margetson spent much of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at West Brom cursing the cut-up goal area that made his afternoon so difficult.

Although the state of both goal areas didn't contribute directly to either goal, the problem caused him extra difficulty on an already testing afternoon.

His hairiest moment came on 48 minutes when he took an air shot at a simple Danny Gabbidon back pass after the ball bounced awkwardly off a divot.

The ball span agonisingly past him and straight towards goal and he was the most relieved man in Birmingham when it rolled an inch past the far post.

'I just couldn't believe it,' said Margetson.

'The ball came to me and I lined it up fine, but either it hit a divot or there was spin on the ball and it just bounced past me.

'I thought it was going in and you wouldn't belive how pleased I was to see it go past the post.

'But it wasn't easy conditions for the 'keepers because the 18-yard box wasn't in the best of condition and the six-yard boxes need to be returfed.

'I didn't have to make spectacular saves, but I had to get strong hands on a few shots because they were bouncing awkwardly in the box.'

Since supplanting Neil Alexander as the Bluebirds number one, Margetson has often in defeat been left ruing the very thing the team have spent the week working on in training.

And so it proved again as City went down to a 2-1 defeat with both goals conceded coming from free-kicks around the 18-yard box.

'We knew before that game that if we gave free-kicks away we would be under a massive amount of pressure,' he said.

'Both goals came from free-kicks that we should have defended and the second goal in particular was a bad one.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 16, 2004
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