No complacency from Carson

Published Dec. 19, 2010 1:16 p.m. EST

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 doing."