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'Keeper makes league debut


Filed: Wednesday, 26th November 2014
By: Staff Writer


Raphael Spiegel made his English football debut last night having completed a short term loan move to Barnet earlier in the day.

The 21-year-old, who has been at West Ham since July 2012 when he signed a three-year contract has joined the Bees on a one-month loan.

And he made his first ever appearance in competitive English football when he played 90 minutes for his new club at Bristol Rovers, deputising for the injured Graham Stack, in their Vanarama Conference clash last night.

Despite falling to a 2-1 defeat - with Barnet conceding in the 4th and 90th minutes - the young Hammer had a decent game, according to one on-the-spot Bees fan.

"I thought he did alright," said Barnet fan Mikel Bee. "He seems a good enough keeper but what was missing was that command of the defence.

"It got to the point where [Curtis] Weston chose to kick the ball out for a throw in than make a relatively straight forward pass back to Spiegel. His kicking needs some work, but he wasn't at fault for either of the goals."

Spiegel was previously loaned to Crawley Town, between July and September of this year, but failed to make a single first team appearance.



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