Derby 0-0 Ipswich
Frank Fielding believes he will miss out on a shock Olympics call-up – because he’s too old!
The Derby keeper has been touted as a possible Team GB player for this summer’s London Games.
He did his chances no harm by keeping Ipswich at bay on Saturday in front of Joe Corrigan who was working for the FA.
But Fielding turned 24 last week meaning he will only be involved if Stuart Pearce decides to select him as one of three players over 23.
And the former England Under-21 man admitted: “I think turning 24 will count against me. If I was 18 or 19, I think he would put me right in having played a full season for Derby.
“I’ve been put into the preliminary squad so we’ll see how we go. I’d have to be an over-aged player, but I’d like to think I had a chance as Stuart is the boss.
“He was my manager for the Under-21s. If he gives me the chance, I’ll dive straight into it.”
Fielding’s sublime form denied both Lee Martin and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with impressive saves in this bore draw.
This was a drab game, although Ben Davies hit the post for the hosts in the second half.
It was Town’s sixth clean sheet in 13 matches. And defender Aaron Cresswell is delighted his side have turned things around after conceding for fun earlier in the campaign.
“It wasn’t nice to concede goals earlier in the season but we’ve now got two clean sheets in a row,” he said.
“We’ve come a long way and want to finish as high as possible.”
Ian Baker (Daily Mirror)