Bogdan wants eye on the line
GOALKEEPER Adam Bogdan is an advocate of the new goal-line technology introduced at Premier League level – he is is just thankful it was not in place the last time today’s opponents QPR were in town.
On that day in March, 2012, Wanderers benefited when the officials missed Clint Hill’s header from a corner crossing the line just 20 minutes in with the match goalless.
It left QPR raging at the time and the Whites went on to win the crucial relegation battle 2-1.
Eighteen months on and the top-flight now has new technology which ensures there will be no repeat of that incident.
And while it would have worked against him that day at the Reebok, Bogdan believes the introduction of goal-line cameras is good for the game as a whole.
The young stopper said: “That was a strange game.
“It was good for us in the end because we won the game.
“Thankfully, there was no goal-line technology back then.
“I thought it might have been in straight away.
“I looked at the referee and there was no whistle so I didn’t think about it anymore.
“Then at half-time, I was told it was in.
“You do feel strange, but if the referee doesn’t blow then you get on with it.
“Now it has been introduced in the Premier League and I welcome goal-line technology.
“It is fair for everyone and can go your way as well as against you.
“It is a good thing and a fair thing to introduce.”
The video technology is not yet in use in the Football League, but Bogdan still uses the club’s own video replays as part of his pre-match preparation.
Manager Dougie Freedman likes to use video analysis and the goalkeeping department is part of that.
And that has been particularly useful this week for the Hungary international after last weekend’s 3-0 reverse at Nottingham Forest.
He added: “We have all the video equipment to help us in our preparation and to get better.
“We analyse teams and go through that on a Friday.
“We always go through every game afterwards with the goalkeeping coach whether we win or lose.
“There are always things to improve on and I look at what I have done well or where I have gone wrong.
“We did that after last Saturday.
“Now it is behind us and you move on hoping to learn lessons for the next game.”
Today’s Championship clash sees Hill back at the Reebok for the first time since that day and Bogdan knows both the defender and his team-mates will be heading north looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Championship.
He knows it will be a tough test but is confident the Whites can bounce back from last week’s defeat.
It is not just Bogdan looking for a response but the whole of a backline that includes two new faces this season.
But the keeper doe snot blame last wee’s defeat on that fact.
He said: “I don’t feel like I am behind a new backline.
“I think the two new lads, Alex Baptiste and Marc Tierney, have slotted in really well.
“They have come in like they have been here for a long time.
“It is difficult to say it after a 3-0 defeat last weekend but generally we have got to know each other pretty quickly and I have no complaint whatsoever and I do not think that was why we lost last week.
“It is behind us now and we face another tough game this weekend.
“Generally, QPR is a really good team.
“They have just come down from the Premier League and have been strong on the market to buy new players.
“They have been doing that for the last couple of years.
“It will be hard to beat them.”