No complacency from Carson

The Baggies shot-stopper endured a nightmare start to the season,

with reigning champions Chelsea putting six past him on the opening

day. Roberto Di Matteo’s men have recovered well from that early

setback, though, and will occupy a comfortable mid-table standing

at Christmas. They have experienced highs and lows upon their

return to the Premier League, but appear well-equipped to preserve

their top flight status. Key to those ambitions, though, will be

the form of club captain Carson, who has been a consistent

performer throughout the campaign. “I think I’ve learned a lot

about the things that make a good goalkeeper and my aim for the

rest of the season is to go on improving,” said the 25-year-old

England international. “Goalkeepers do reach their peak later, and

that is because you learn the value of consistency. “I was

disappointed the way the season started when we let in six at

Chelsea, but I gave myself a kick up the backside and since then it

has gone well.” Baggies boss Di Matteo has also been quick to hail

the standards set by his shot-stopper, with the Italian of the

opinion that Carson has matured since being handed the captaincy at

the start of last season. “I think it’s been good for him because

he’s taken the responsibility on and off the field,” he said. “But

we tend to forget how young he is in football terms, and it has

helped him to mature which in turn has made him a better

goalkeeper. “You want your keeper to be calm, commanding and save

you lots of points and so far that’s exactly what Scott has been