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It was a crazy game, reflects Richie

The midfielder turned goalkeeper discusses his unique experience at the weekend against West Brom

29 October 2018

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He started as a midfielder and ended the day as a goalkeeper with a first ever clean sheet. It's fair to say it was a strange day for Richie Smallwood!

Having played the first 78 minutes in the centre of midfield, Smallwood then changed shirts from yellow to purple against the Baggies as he took over the gloves from the injured David Raya.
 
And following a frantic end which saw Smallwood earn a first ever clean sheet, the 28-year-old could joke about his experience, but is now eager to get back to his bread and butter - marshalling in midfield!
 
“The game had everything - injuries, goals, a change of ‘keeper! It was crazy! It was a bit different to what I’m normally used to, but I felt I did alright with my kicking and saving," he told iFollow Rovers.
 
“It was crosses which I found difficult to get into position and knowing when to come and when to stay. In the end, fortunately it didn’t cost the team.
 
“I put my name forward and then so did Benno. We felt it was better to keep our shape with Benno at right back, moving Reedy into defensive midfield and me going in goal.
 
“I messed about when I was a kid, going in goal and trying to pull off worldies. I always remember that it may come in handy one day and here we are!
 
“It was a great equaliser with great celebrations. We felt at that point that we could go on to win the game but instead we went down to 10 men.
 
“Going to the Hawthorns, I felt we gave a good account of ourselves, got the point and showed amazing character."

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