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Richie said he was like Gordon Banks!

A first clean sheet of Richie Smallwood's career came on Saturday

28 October 2018

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Richie Smallwood's claim of being one of the most iconic goalkeepers of all time was part of the reason why he persuaded Tony Mowbray to allow him to go inbetween the sticks against West Bromwich Albion!

With all substitutions made, David Raya was forced off late into the clash against the Baggies and Smallwood stepped forward.
 
Wearing an oversized Jayson Leutwiler shirt, Smallwood donned the gloves and earned a clean sheet for his work as Rovers' number one for the final 20 minutes at the Hawthorns, keeping a clean sheet.
 
“The difficulty for us was that we’d already made three substitutions. You carry a substitute goalkeeper just in case your regular ‘keeper goes off," Mowbray explained.
 
"We’d made the changes, Benno thought he was going to go in goal but I felt we needed his energy and his legs out on pitch.
 
“Richie says he is like Gordon Banks! He went in and did alright!
 
“We were talking about how we were going to play and how we were going to leave a striker up the pitch, breakaway and win the game.
 
“I just felt we were better off sitting in as a back five and we didn’t worry about scoring another goal."
 
And despite touching on Smallwood's effort in goal, Tony continued to heap praise on a fantastic team performance.
 
“Like I say, I felt the lads were heroic, finishing the game with only one recognised centre half. We had two left backs in there, [Lewis] Travis getting chucked in there.
 
“Craig [Conway] ended up going from number 10 to left wing back. It’s a happy dressing room. They are all talking about the fighting spirit and I felt that was evident today.
 
“We had that quality as well, which we showed at times in the second half in particular."

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