BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall has been praised by Cardiff City manager Russell Slade for not losing focus following a failed bid from West Brom.
Former Celtic shot-stopper Marshall returned to the Bluebirds side for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers after serving a three-match suspension.
And the 30-year-old produced a performance that illustrated why Cardiff value the player at £5 million.
Despite suggestions that the Baggies would return with an improved offer, Slade is keeping his fingers crossed that the club will not have to fend off any more bids for Marshall.
He said: “It’s very quiet, that’s all I will say and long live the quietness. Dave was desperate to get going again because he missed the first three games being suspended.
“He’s such a good pro. He’s club captain as well.
“He’s a good goalkeeper, he’s not an international goalkeeper for no reason at all.
“He’s played in the Premier League as you know, he’s an excellent goalkeeper and a very good professional – and his experience at this level is massive.
“He’s a strong goalkeeper, he’s got a great voice and he’s got great experience.
“To have that behind your back four, where it was very direct against us, it was good to see him in good form.”