We have two keepers

Last updated : 31 December 2002 By Tony Scholes

Nik’s loan period was at an end at Palace and with three months the maximum allowed it was a case of returning to the Turf or Palace making an offer for him and signing him on a permanent basis.

He joined Palace when both senior goalkeepers Matt Clarke and Alex Kolinko were both out injured and went straight into the team. Clarke will be out for the rest of the season but since Kolinko returned to fitness Nik has had to settle for a place on the bench.

He made his debut for the Eagles in a televised 2-2 home draw against Gillingham and in total made five league appearances, conceding seven goals. He kept one clean sheet in the league, that coming in a 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park.

Burnley fans were surprised that the club allowed him to play in the Worthington Cup for Palace, it meant he would not have been able to step in to our side had Marlon picked up an injury, and he featured in two of their ties in this competition.

He was in the side for their 2nd round tie at home to Cheltenham, a tie that Palace won 7-0. This was on the same night as Marlon turned in a match winning performance for the Clarets at Huddersfield.

Having lost his place to Kolinko he then replaced him at half time in the 3rd round 3-0 home win against Coventry when the Latvian keeper picked up another injury.

Nik’s last game though was the 2-0 league defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road on 9th November. Despite the defeat he was named man of the match but with Kolinko fit again he has spent his remaining time at Selhurst Park on the subs bench.

He is now back at the Turf and will be in the squad at Bramall Lane where Stan will once again have the luxury of two goalkeepers.