Notts County have big decision to make between Bartosz Bialkowski and Fabian Spiess
NOTTS County are going to have a big decision on their hands between No.1 Bartosz Bialkowski and their fab rookie goalkeeper Fabian Spiess.
Polish stopper Bialkowski, 25, could be in contention to return to action at Walsall tomorrow, three weeks after suffering a bad head injury.
He was back in training this week in the build-up to the League One clash – and might make his comeback against the Saddlers, wearing a head-guard like Chelsea's Petr Cech.
But teenager Spiess has been in great form during Bialkowski's lay-off, keeping a clean-sheet in a 2-0 win at Portsmouth and making three top saves in a 1-1 draw against Crewe on his first start at Meadow Lane.
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It leaves Notts caretaker-boss Chris Kiwomya and goalkeeper coach Kevin Pilkington with a dilemma.
The youngster hopes to keep his place, but admits Bialkowski is No.1 at the club.
"It's down to Chris and Pilks; they will probably speak about it together," said Spiess.
"It's their decision at the end of the day.
"If I'm put back on the bench I will still be happy because I'm 18 and Bart is a great goalkeeper.
"All I can do is try to play as well as I can every chance I get."
Spiess was named the Magpies' man of the match against Crewe.
"I'm really pleased," he added.
"I thought I played well and getting man of the match is not bad in my first start at home.
"I had to make a few saves and I think the one I tipped onto the post in the first half was a pretty good one.
"I just try to do my job and keep the ball out of the net."
Spiess has started the last four games.
"I'm just taking each game as it comes and trying to perform to the best of my ability," he said.
"Hopefully I have done that.
"Obviously I am going to make mistakes because I am still young, but I'm really pleased so far."
Kiwomya refused to be drawn on who will get the nod, but said: "It's always good when you've got two good goalkeepers and confidence in both of them."