Goalkeeper Paul Smith receives praise for his stunning performance against Brentford
A truly remarkable individual performance from Blues stopper Paul Smith in Tuesday night's third-round FA Cup replay defeat at Brentford got the whole of England talking.
Paul produced save after save after save to keep Blues alive and kicking in the FA Cup, and his performance saw him trending on Twitter.
The goalkeeper was named as joint Man of the Match, along with Bees' Jonathan Douglas, by the Brentford sponsors for the evening after he saved 12 out of 14 shots on target - including a sublime fingertip save from Harry Forrester's penalty.
Blues boss Paul Sturrock described his goalkeeper's performance as phenomenal.
He said: “Paul Smith was absolutely fantastic and fully deserves the plaudits for keeping us in the game. They would have been out of sight. He has shown what a good goalkeeper he is.”
Brentford’s Adam Forshaw also hailed Smith's display. He said: “Their keeper probably only plays like that once or twice in his career.
“He has made some great saves, even the penalty – Harry has put it in the top corner and the keeper has saved it.
“He was Man of the Match, that showed the way the game went.”
Fans everywhere were amazed by the quality of Smith's display. Here's some of your views from Twitter.
@Masters_JamesD: "Paul Smith applauded by all inside Griffin Park – one of the best displays of goalkeeping I’ve ever seen."
@Deadend_Friend: "Paul Smith seems to be having the game of his life! Now come on Blues, pull a goal back!"
@RobertCraven82: "Pleased that Paul Smith will’ve changed a few opinions tonight, I can’t remember seeing a better display by an SUFC goalkeeper."
@RyanSmyth94: "Smith was unbelievable and the penalty save was a testament to his performance! Few more chants of "Southends Number 1" to come!!!”
Smith himself admitted he would be after a DVD of the game to watch his performance back - and we don't blame him!
By Daryl Hardy