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Redmayne better than WSW errors: Crawley

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC goalkeeping coach John Crawley has leapt to the defence of new recruit Andrew Redmayne, believing the maligned gloveman had "lost his way."

But he's sure a confidence re-boot and some technique changes will see his raw talents improve.

Crawley felt Redmayne's undoing at Western Sydney was a mixture of a few poor displays and an over-reaction from the media amid the club's inconsistent A-League season.

And his former Central Coast Mariners mentor, delighted to be reunited with the 27-year-old after seven years, said the recipe for success was helping him rediscover a positive headspace while tweaking some small elements of his game.

"He had a few not-so-great performances to be fair, made some poor decisions in games" Crawley said.

"I think the media jumped on that.

"I think he's lost his way just a little bit ... but he's a much, much better goalkeeper than that.

"It's up to us to help him with that and get him back to thinking about the simple things in his goalkeeping so he can get back to the level I know he can play at.

"I'm over the moon, we've got two very good goalkeepers on our hands."

Crawley, who fostered the talents of some of Australia's best 'keepers including Socceroos No.1 Mat Ryan and Sydney's Danny Vukovic, had identified Redmayne as a late bloomer back in teenage years.

His 80-plus game A-League career to date is a series of highs and lows, having gained and lost a starting spot at both Melbourne City and the Wanderers.

At the latter he fell out of favour to the far less experienced Jerrad Tyson, eventually leaving for the table-topping Sky Blues this week once Vedran Janjetovic's move in the opposite direction looked certain to relegate him to third choice.

"I've known him from a very young age, I know he's got the basics in his game," Crawley said.

"I'll be trying to make a couple of subtle changes only, we've discussed that already.

"He's certainly on board and happier, and we both feel he can improve and lift his game to another level."

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