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Smithies | That save, Andy Dibble & Middlesbrough

Alex Smithies spoke to the press on Friday afternoon on the back of another incredible performance.

The goalkeeper made a Save of the Season contender against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.

“I thought it was a really important save,” Alex began. “It’s always nice to make a save like that and then it to have an impact on the game because we went on to score shortly after.

“I wondered how I’d saved it immediately after because I threw an arm out and thankfully, it managed to stay out.”

Having kept three clean sheets from six Championship games, the 30-year-old praised goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble.

“Dibbs and I have a fantastic relationship,” he continued. “He seems to know everyone in Cardiff, so we all know what a great guy he is."

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“He was really pleased when I made that save because he spends a lot of time looking at what we can improve on.

“We work on cutbacks and reacting to shots like that, so that worked out for us.”

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Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture against Middlesbrough at Cardiff City Stadium, the stopper spoke about the Bluebirds’ confidence.

“A point gets you up and running at home,” City’s No.12 explained. “We’d have liked to win against Bournemouth, but we go into the Middlesbrough match with more confidence.

“If we can win the game, it’ll make the past six days really positive because seven points from a possible nine would be a great return.”

Alex concluded by making a note about the fans, saying: “The Cardiff City fans are so passionate and will be watching, so we know that we’re being followed and just have to focus on that when we go out on the pitch.”