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It's the toughest position in football...

David Raya talks his role and the goalkeepers' union...

21 November 2018

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David Raya says being a goalkeeper is the hardest position in football, which in recent weeks was backed up by midfielder turned 'keeper Richie Smallwood!

Raya returned to the starting lineup just two weeks after suffering a facial injury in a collision with Jay Rodriguez.

It's been a whirlwind last month for Raya, who has had a number of stitches across the bridge of his nose, before having a two-week international break to recover further.

So how's it gone for the 23-year-old, who admits he tuned in to Smallwood's cameo in between the sticks?

“I was following the game on Twitter and on the way back home I saw the final 15 minutes on replays in the hospital. Richie did well!" he said to iFollow Rovers with a grin.

“If a ‘keeper goes on pitch we feel we will be okay, but it’s not as easy as it looks. I think it was the same thing for Richie going from midfield to in goal.

“I think being a goalkeeper is the hardest position on the pitch as you know one mistake can be the difference. 

“You have nobody to back you up, but that differs in midfield, which is why I think it’s the hardest position to play.

“I have received great support from my team-mates and the goalkeepers' union. Jayson [Leutwiler] is a great lad and a great ‘keeper who pushes me on all the time - the same as Fish [Andy Fisher].

“He works really hard every day, and like I say, he’s a great goalkeeper and a great lad."


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