Matej Kovar makes it two clean sheets in a row on second Burton Albion start

Matej Kovar made a transfer deadline beating loan move to Burton Albion earlier this year, with the move agreed in the final minutes of the window.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was signed by the League One side as a back-up, with it quite possible he would not get a first team chance.

Nonetheless, being around a first team squad is good experience for the Czech Republic under-21 international, and more beneficial than under-23 football.

After waiting through February and March as expected, Kovar’s chance has come his way, and he has seized his opportunity.

Unbeaten in two matches

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At the weekend Kovar kept a clear sheet as Burton held Plymouth Argyle to a 0-0 draw, ending a run of five losses from six games.

This week he followed it up with his second game in a week as Burton held promotion challengers Wigan to a 0-0 draw too, keeping his second clean sheet. Prolific former United youngster Will Keane was unable to get past him.

Kovar, 21, celebrated his contribution for the 17th placed side, via Instagram, and the club’s social media team left him a message of praise.

Kovar’s manager at Burton Albion is former Chelsea and Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who signed him for the Brewers in January.

Hasselbaink was happy with the goalkeeper’s contribution, telling the club’s official website: “We had lots of chances, good chances. They had one in the first half where we needed our keeper to stand up and make an important save but that was all we gave them.”

For now it appears Kovar will retain his place, having been brought into the side as an experiment, rather than due to injury or suspension, and with back to back clean sheets, he has earned the right to retain his place ahead of Ben Garratt.

Hasselbaink explained: “Ben has been absolutely brilliant and is still my number one, I just wanted to see Matej in goal, to see how he would cope and to change things and give Ben a break. Sometimes you need to do that.”

Kovar will be attempting to make it three clean sheets in a row against Accrington Stanley at the weekend, and hopefully this time his teammates will score at the other end and secure all three points.

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