When outfielders get the Goalkeeping call

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West Ham United's promotion challenge in the Championship appeared to be on the rocks after eight minutes of the second half against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

The dismissal of Roberto Green, with the Hammers 2-1 to the good, left Sam Allardyce's side down to ten men, and having named a 16-man squad without a substitute goalkeeper, in dire straits for the remaining 36 minutes.

On loan midfielder Henri Lansbury took Green's place between the sticks, and kept a clean sheet as the division's leaders ran out 4-1 winners to go top.

Lansbury being thrust in-between the sticks was the latest occasion an outfield player has been handed the gloves, but which other players have been called upon in their teams' hour of need? GMF takes a look...

Peter Beardsley
West Ham United v Newcastle United
April 21, 1986

After injuries to Martin Thomas and Chris Hedworth, Peter Beardsley braved a West Ham onslaught. However, the England international couldn't replicate his brilliance on the outfield in goal, as Alvin Martin beat him to complete his hat-trick in an 8-1 rout.

Niall Quinn
Manchester City v Derby County
April 20, 1991

Tony Coton's sending off gave Quinn the opportunity, after having already scored a penalty at the other end for City, to help save a point for the hosts. Dean Saunders missed from the spot, handing Quinn the plaudits.

Steve Staunton
Liverpool 0-1 Everton
September 27, 1999

Sander Westerveld and Francis Jeffers' scuffle led to both men being sent off with 15 minutes to go, meaning Staunton was forced to take the gloves. He couldn't however prevent the Toffees nicking an unlikely win.

John Terry
Reading v Chelsea
October 14, 2006

After awful injuries to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini, Terry took over in goal for the remainder of stoppage time, as The Blues edged out Reading during a bad tempered affair.

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United v Portsmouth
March 8, 2008

Ferdinand was called upon after Tomasz Kuszczak was sent off for fouling Milan Baros in an FA Cup quarter-final. The Pole had already replaced Edwin Van der Sar, with Ferdinand required to go in goal. Sulley Muntari dispatched the penalty on Portsmouth's way to Wembley.

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