Alex Smithies came back into the Cardiff City team yesterday, and kept a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Swansea City in the Championship.
He replaced Neil Etheridge who’s been coming under some scrutiny from fans of late, but Bluebirds boss Neil Harris stated his reasoning for dropping the Filipino was because of ‘transfer speculation’.
It was a cagey affair in Cardiff yesterday, but neither keeper was really called into action – Smithies was helpless when Bersant Celina curled a shot around him in the first-half, but the Kosovan saw his effort rebound off the post.
Callum Paterson hit the crossbar in the second-half for Cardiff, but neither team could muster a clear-cut chance on goal, and the points were shared.
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Plenty of Cardiff fans took to Twitter after the game to rate Smithies’ performance in goal, and here’s some of the best reactions:
Thing is we are blessed with 2 good goalkeepers. For me smithies is the better one purely his kicking is better and commands his area much better. As it stands smithies deserves a run in the first team
— Ashley Gifford (@giffy1927) January 13, 2020
I thought Smithies did very well today. He did very well earlier in the season too and was harshly dropped. I was one of those keen to see Etheridge return, but in retrospect, I was wrong. He’s also one of the club’s highest earners, so they may as well get some return on that
— Scott Johnson (@roathboy) January 12, 2020
Smithies far better all round keeper than etheridge
— Gavin Tucker (@gt1927) January 12, 2020
Holds onto shots that Etheridge would tip over. The save in the first few minutes was huge (even though it was offside), had that gone in I fear it would've led to a nervy defensive display.
— Laird Nye Brown (@NyeBrowny) January 12, 2020
Alex Smithies is a far better all round keeper than Neil Etheridge.
Change my mind.
— Matt 🏴 (@matthewjamesali) January 12, 2020
Alex Smithies > Neil Etheridge
— Jack Herbert (@JackHerbertt) January 12, 2020
On reflection of yesterday's game, I think we were the better of the two sides but overall, a point was a fair result.
I thought Smithies did well with what he had to do and distribution good. Back 4 was solid. Just need someone who can score and we've the making of a good team
— Gareth 🏴 (@Mr_Bluebird1927) January 13, 2020