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Smith's shut-out delight

10 October 2012

Goalkeeper Paul Smith was delighted to secure his first clean sheet in a Southend United shirt in Tuesday's night 2-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

The former Nottingham Forest stopper pulled off a string of saves to shut the Daggers out in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Roots Hall.

And the 32-year-old was delighted with the shut-out.

“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,” Smith told the official website.

“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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