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Smith Accepts Understudy Role

20 October 2013

Keeper doesn't expect to keep his place in the side

Phil Smith was only called upon because Trevor Carson was ineligible to play against parent club Bury.

And the goalkeeper knows he will be out of the side when Wycombe visit Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

But he can be proud of his part in a 1-0 victory over Bury that stretched the Blues’ unbeaten run to four matches.

Smith made a crucial save at the start of the second half, showing great reflexes to palm away Shaun Harrad’s diving header.

And he will have no complaints about making way for Carson after keeping a clean sheet.

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 was pleased that Pompey managed to hold on for victory after Bondz N’Gala’s header had given them an early lead.

He said: “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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