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ANKERGREN: BRILLIANT BEN AND MARVELLOUS MURRAY

14 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Casper Ankergren on the training field.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, who is now the club’s assistant first-team goalkeeping coach, highlighted the important role Ben Roberts continues to play in aiding his development after stepping into coaching.

The 39-year-old played his final game for the club in January 2017, and has since supported Roberts in coaching Albion’s current crop of shot-stoppers, while continuing to learn off his former goalkeeping coach in a new capacity.

Ankergren said, “Ben [Roberts] has been very good with me, I’m just trying to learn from him every day. He’s been the best goalkeeping coach that I’ve had in my career. A lot of goalkeepers out there would say exactly the same.

“He doesn't put sessions on without thinking about the outcomes. It’s the tiny details — he will know what all the goalkeepers have done and what they need. There are multiple outcomes from his sessions, there isn’t just one goal.



“It’s about painting pictures in the goalkeepers’ heads. He’ll know everything about the opposition — it’s incredible. I’m trying to learn as much as I can from him, because I want to be the best that I can be.

“Some people think the coaches just kick ten volleys at the goalkeeper and that’s it — but it’s hard work I can assure you. If you want to keep a high intensity in training, you have to be physically fit and focused.”

Ankergren missed just one league match during the club’s League-One-winning season in 2010/11, while Glenn Murray, in his first spell at the club, fired 22 goals for the Seagulls.

Murray has found the back of the net 12 times for Albion so far this season, and Ankergren has never had any doubts about the forward’s ability in front of goal.

“We had Glenn [Murray] up front and he was always good at scoring goals for us. You could always see there was something there, he was just a clinical finisher — just give him the ball in the box and he’ll score.



“There’s been some great strikers at the club over the years, but Glenn has proved year after year that he can score goals. He’s scored over 100 goals for the club now — that’s just ridiculous!

“He went to Crystal Palace and scored goals, he went to Bournemouth and scored goals, everywhere he’s been he’s always scored goals.

“He’s a goalscorer and if you want to do well, you need someone like Glenn in your team. He’s strong the air and just knows where the goal is.”


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