West Brom coach Dean Kiely today hailed the impact of second-choice Boaz Myhill in helping the club's No 1 Ben Foster to shine.
Glovemen Luke Daniels and Myhill have extended their contracts in the last two weeks despite finding England international Foster impossible to shift from the first team.
And former Baggies star Kiely, who now coaches the club’s goalkeepers, believes all three men play vital roles.
He said: "Ben plays in the first team but when he was injured Boaz stepped in and played seven games and contributed to three wins and a draw, kept a clean sheet and made a really big effort.
“If he wasn’t primed and ready to go there would have been problems. We have got a third goalkeeper in Daniels, who has just signed a contract to stay. I am happy about that because the dynamic has to work.
"If there is back-biting from the second or third goalkeeper and they think they should be playing, or they have an agenda or they switch off for a couple of days and don’t look bothered, it doesn’t work.
“I was amazed at what it was like after playing in someone’s first team for 21 years of a 24-year career.
“Suddenly, I was on the bench behind Scott Carson at West Brom and the dynamic shifted. It was really difficult. I had to go away and think about what had changed and what I had to do differently.
“But I got on well with Scott and the respect we had for each other meant that it worked, but you have to have a good working relationship and the right dynamic has to be there.”
Boss Steve Clarke has selected Foster for every Premier League game that the former Manchester United man has been available for.
But he also paid tribute to the rest of his goalkeeping department after handing Myhill and Daniels new deals.
Clarke said: "In any football club, you are always planning ahead. I have been really pleased with the three goalkeepers and with Dean Kiely’s work with them.”Subscribe to our Newsletter