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Southend United goalkeeper Paul Smith happy with first clean sheet
PAUL Smith was a happy man after securing his first clean sheet for Southend United in Tuesday's night 2-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.
The 32-year-old shot-stopper pulled off a string of fine saves to shut the Daggers out in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Roots Hall.
And he was delighted to stop the ball hitting the back of the net.
“It was a good result and it was also really pleasing to keep a clean sheet because that's what I came to the club to do,” said Smith, who joined Blues on a free transfer during the summer.
“It was enjoyable to make a few saves and keep the shots out but the defenders in front of me were fantastic.
“They got so many blocks in and did really well because it was a very tough test for us but I think we came through it with flying colours to be honest.”
Tuesday night's game was Smith's sixth between the sticks for Blues and his impressive performance was praised by Blues boss Paul Sturrock.
“It was great to see Smithy making those saves but I've known all along he's a very good goalkeeper,” said Sturrock.
“It was always going to be about the time-frame with him because he hasn't played a lot of football and he's having to play catch up in the matches we have.
“His sharpness is coming back now though and his kicking was also excellent on Tuesday which was pleasing to see.”
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