Smithies | It meant more than anything to do it for my mate
WEST BROM REACTION | SMITHIES
Smithies has started our last six competitive matches, and during another strong performance against Albion, made a quite remarkable save in added on time to deny former Bluebird Kenneth Zohore at close range.
"It's good to get three points," Alex began. "Hopefully this win can be a turning point and help us aim towards those play-off places.
"It's a strange scenario playing the same team in three out of four games. The win on Tuesday night will take us into the Reading games full of confidence.
"The final ruthlessness to get over the line with a win has been coming. We have been disappointed not to have done it more often. It's important to turn these draws into victories."
The City shot stopper showed incredible strength to put in such a commanding performance after an emotional few days on a personal level.
"It has been more than a sad week finding out straight after the game on Saturday that Jordan Sinnott had passed away. He was one of mine, and Danny's (Ward) best friends. It has hit us hard here in Cardiff.
"Jordan had a great bunch of friends and an unbelievable family. Everyone is going to miss him, that's for sure."
Shirts from the footballing world with ‘Sinnott 25’ on the back have been donated as part of a social media campaign.
In a show of support, City’s Callum Paterson held up a Bluebirds shirt with Jordan’s name emblazoned after netting the first goal at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night. Alex explained more about the campaign.
"It started with his girlfriend Kelly and his brother Tom looking to get hold of shirts from the Clubs that he has played for ahead of the funeral and that quickly escalated to include his friends within football. Thankfully people have been so supportive."
Following Jordan’s funeral, the shirts will be donated to Sport Relief for less privileged children around the world.
"It meant more than anything to do it for my mate. The players have all pulled together and have been really supportive."