Keeper happy - but knows Pompey place is not for keeps
By Site reporter
Sunday 20 Oct 2013 21:52:00
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Phil Smith spoke of his delight at marking his recall to Pompey's line-up with a clean sheet - but admitted he knew his performance didn't mean he was likely to become first choice again.


Smith replaced Trevor Carson, who was unable to face Bury as he is on loan from them, for the 1-0 victory over the Shakers but Guy Whittingham has indicated Carson is likely to get a quick recall.

Smith said: 'It was nice to make the save and to not concede any goals. But Trevor has come in from Bury to play games and he’s done very well since he’s arrived here.

'He’s made some great saves himself and is part of this run of momentum that’s taken us forward. He’s settled in really well – all the keepers get on and we work well together.

'I don’t think my performance will make a difference with regards to Tuesday, but it’s nice for the manager to know that he can trust me if I’m needed.'

Smith said of the win over Bury which gave Pompey a haul of seven points from the last nine available: 'We’ve had some good results of late. We had to battle for the win, but the result is very pleasing. We thought Bury were in a bit of a false position because they’ve been playing some very good football lately. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game.

'They put us under a bit of pressure towards the end, but I thought we dealt with it well and came away with three points.'


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