Michael McGovern is the odd man out in Norwich City’s viral ‘spikeball’ craze

Norwich goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely dives for the ball in a game of Spikeball with Norwich City goa

Norwich goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely dives for the ball in a game of Spikeball with Norwich City goalkeepers John Ruddy, Paul Jones and Ben Killip. Picture: Norwich City FC - Credit: Archant

Michael McGovern is not jealous at missing out on being a social media sensation.

The Norwich City stopper was away on international duty with Northern Ireland when footage of a 'spikeball' training drill devised by goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely involving club mates John Ruddy, Paul Jones and Ben Killip went viral.

'Yes, I've seen that. It was brilliant,' he said. 'We have played it a few times but the rally they showed was some rally, to be fair. It's not always quite as good as that. That was one of the better ones we have had. In terms of a warm up drill for a keeper it a good one to use to get your reflexes and heart rate up and it is enjoyable as well. Credit to Dean. He thinks a lot about the sessions and it is not just the same thing every day where it can become repetitive. He is a top coach and that is an example of him thinking outside the box.'

McGovern has similarly earned rave reviews for his assured displays in Norwich City's positive Championship start. The Canaries' host Rotherham on Saturday looking to build on a 2-1 league win at Wolves secured in no small part by McGovern's fine second-half stop from Nouha Dicko.

'Since I have been here we tend to dominate the ball generally so you might have to make one or two saves,' he said. 'It is nice in a situation like at Wolves to make a big save at a big time. To go on and score the second goal as we did is very satisfying. I think it is fair to say at Hamilton it was different. We were a smaller team in the league and under pressure a lot in games, as opposed to Norwich being one of the bigger teams. I was at Celtic and played in the reserves and we dominated the ball so it is about adapting and changing.


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'You have to show respect to each individual opponent. If you keep that focus then you tend to pick up results. It is important not to be complacent. Rotherham is fighting for their lives. We are at home, and we expect to win whoever we play but they have threats attacking-wise we have to be aware of. I am confident if we match their fight our quality will show through.

'The Championship is a tough league, mentally. You have to recover quickly between games. I don't see a massive difference between the sides. They all have experienced lads who know their jobs and know the game.'

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