Haystead’s hoping for more shut-outs

Dan Haystead
Dan Haystead

PILGRIMS stopper Dan Haystead is desperate for more shut-outs.

The 25-year-old keeper told The Standard he wants to make his mark at York Street, by racking up the clean sheets.

Since his move from Hinckley, Haystead has kept four clean sheets for United, from 11 matches.

But – despite not conceding against Gloucester, Hinckley and Redditch – his last shut-out came in the 3-0 victory at Gainsborough Trinity.

And after picking the ball out of the net eight times in United’s past four matches, the keeper is becoming frustrated.

“A clean sheet would be nice but you can’t have everything,” he said after Tuesday’s draw with Solihull Moors.

“I’m desperate for clean sheets. I’ve come to do a job and I want to do that.

“It makes the job easier for the whole team if we don’t concede goals.”

Haystead’s tenure at United wasn’t made any easier by the fact that he came to the club in January to replace James McKeown, who became a cult figure at York Street after breaking Boston’s consecutive clean sheet record, after 10 straight league shut-outs.

On Saturday, Haystead will be facing Droylsden, the side who ended McKeown’s run with a 4-0 victory.

The current keeper will be hoping to do what the previous number one couldn’t, but in the meantime, he hopes the fans are appreciating his efforts.

“Hopefully, I’ve not let people down with what I’m doing,” he added.

The league stats show that in his 11 United matches to date, Haystead has kept four clean sheets from 11 matches, which have been five victories, three draws and three defeats.

That gives him a clean sheet rate of 36 per cent and an average of 1.6 points per league game.

In contrast, McKeown has slightly more impressive figures.

He kept 13 clean sheets from 17 league matches, that’s 76.5 per cent clean sheets.

McKeown’s peformances also averaged two points per game, from 10 wins, four draws and three losses.

However, Haystead has not had the luxury of a settled defence in front of him.

“Dan’s made some excellent saves and we’ve got faith in him,” said United boss Paul Hurst.

“I know he’s not happy about not keeping clean sheets, and that’s a bone of contention for me and Rob (Scott).

“But we’ve looked at that and seen the amount of injuries we’ve had to our defence lately.”