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Beadle: ‘I want to keep the number one shirt’

23 February 2023

James Beadle is hoping for another chance to impress when Rochdale visit Mornflake Stadium this weekend (Saturday, 3pm).

The 18-year-old keeper, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, made his professional debut in the 0-0 draw at Walsall in midweek.

He impressed with a solid display and a clean sheet, after waiting patiently for his chance since joining the club in January.

Now Beadle is hoping to keep his place for the game against Dale.

He said: “I am really happy and proud to have made my debut, especially to get a clean sheet away from home which is always tough.

“I’d never played in front of such a big crowd before and I was a bit taken aback when I arrived (at Walsall), I didn’t realise the stadium was that big. I got a few pelters, but our fans were really good.  

“I’m confident person so I was just really looking forward to getting on the pitch. It was a very close game and Walsall were very direct, but we defended well and were solid at the back.  

“That’s two clean sheets in the last four games which is important. I hope I can make my home debut at the weekend and get another clean sheet.”

Beadle, an England youth international who recently signed an extended deal with his Premier League parent club, says he has settled in well at Crewe under the guidance of keeper coach Fred Barber.

He added: “I’ve enjoyed it here so far. Fred’s sessions are very hard, very tough, but he is trying to improve me and he’s been really good.

“Dave (Richards) is a top, top guy and a good goalkeeper. It’s unfortunate for him but fortunate for me, but I got my chance and I want to keep the shirt for as long as possible.”


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