Neil Etheridge congratulated his Cardiff City teammate Alex Smithies after the win against West Brom last night.
The Filipino stopper has recently lost his starting spot to Alex Smithies. He’s sat the last three games for Cardiff on the bench and has missed out of the last five.
Cardiff hosted West Brom last night. Slaven Bilic’s side headed to South Wales as the league’s leaders but after a 2-1 loss, with goals from Callum Paterson and Lee Tomlin handing Neil Harris’ side the win, the Baggies have slipped into 2nd.
Leeds came from two goals down to beat Millwall 3-2 last night, and claim the top spot in the Championship.
After the game last night, Etheridge posted this message on his Instagram:
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What a Big save at the end from this guy in the picture with me to get us all 3 points tonight! Smithies and @wardy1990 have been through so much in the past couple of days and for sure that win was for Jordan Sinnott! 🙏🏽 Sometimes in life there are far more important things than football, but it’s a game that brings us all together. #friends #family #football #win #bluebirds #cityasone #cardiff
Etheridge, 27, is in his third season at Cardiff. He joined from Walsall in 2017 and has since made over 100 appearances for the club. But he’s come under some scrutiny this season – he was a rock in goal for Cardiff as they dropped out of the Premier League last season, but has struggled somehow this time round.
He missed a large part of the season with injury but soon came back into the team, though Harris felt necessary to bring Smithies back into the side, who showed his quality when Etheridge was sidelined.
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It’s a move that a lot of fans wanted to see, and Smithies’ save at the death last night showed why so any wanted to see him back in the starting line-up.
Etheridge has shown his qualities as a person with his support for Smithies. It was a bold call for Harris to drop him mid-way through the season and Etheridge could’ve easily reacted badly.
But he and Smithies seem to have maintained a good relationship, and Smithies again showed why he’s so highly-regarded by Cardiff fans.