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Stand-in goalkeeper Belford thanks boss for chance to impress

Swindon Advertiser: Town stand-in 'keeper Tyrell Belford Town stand-in 'keeper Tyrell Belford

TYRELL Belford has thanked his manager for showing faith in his ability after Swindon Town’s second string goalkeeper made his Football League debut at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Belford stepped in as a late replacement for Wes Foderingham, who withdrew from the warm-up at Brisbane Road citing pain in his hip and groin, and produced several good saves as Town were beaten 2-0 by the League One leaders.

The former Liverpool stopper has previously started between the sticks in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the FA Cup, and after the game he expressed his gratitude to Swindon boss Mark Cooper for sticking by him.

He said: “When I first came here I didn’t expect to play but the gaffer has shown faith in me.

“I think when you have a couple of injuries it’s easy to go in the emergency loan window and panic but he’s put faith in me and hopefully I’ll repay it.

“I can only learn from the game situations.

“You can train for it every day but it’s different.

“Hopefully I can get more gametime this season.

“I came in the warm-up and Wes wasn’t feeling right and the gaffer asked me if I was ready to play, and I was happy to step in.

“I prepare for every game as if I’m going to play and if I’m called upon I’m ready to play. I prepare every day in training for match situations so I am ready when called upon.”

Belford branded Town’s performance at Orient as “sloppy”, as the Robins conceded two penalties, both of which were converted by Lloyd James.

“We were very sloppy. I don’t think we really got going until 70 minutes.

“In the last 20 minutes we started to play our way but we were very sloppy today,” he said.

“We went diving in and they were silly mistakes but we’ve got to learn from that.

“We’re still a young team and that’s how we progress.

“We’ve got to learn from our mistakes and take that into the next game.

“The gaffer’s getting it into us every day about getting it out from the back and that’s the way we want to play.

“We do it every day in training so it’s not difficult for us but it took until 70 minutes to put anything in place.

“Once we did it we looked good. I think they were sloppy towards the end of the game, it looked like they tired a bit but there was no end product to it.

“We wanted to challenge them.

“They’re challenging for the title and we want to get into the play-offs at the end of the season.

“I really don’t think we tested them today.”

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9:48am Mon 24 Feb 14

old town robin says...

As much as I like Wes and would prefer him to stay, I have every confidence in Tyrell and don't think Wes will be missed nearly half as much as he would have before the arrival.of a very decent number two, who will eventually play at a higher level.
As much as I like Wes and would prefer him to stay, I have every confidence in Tyrell and don't think Wes will be missed nearly half as much as he would have before the arrival.of a very decent number two, who will eventually play at a higher level. old town robin
  • Score: 7

10:00am Mon 24 Feb 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Tyrell has always put in a decent performance for Town in the earlier rounds of the JPT competition.
If Wes does eventually leave us, I think we have a replacement already.
Tyrell has always put in a decent performance for Town in the earlier rounds of the JPT competition. If Wes does eventually leave us, I think we have a replacement already. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 5

10:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

swwindon61uk says...

Looks like a very good goalkeeper to me,his kicking is far better than Wes's and i honestly think he is in more command of the area.
Looks like a very good goalkeeper to me,his kicking is far better than Wes's and i honestly think he is in more command of the area. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 4

11:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

tifosi says...

He's obviously delighted with his chance to play, and he'll be a more than adequate replacement for Wes if the time comes.
He's obviously delighted with his chance to play, and he'll be a more than adequate replacement for Wes if the time comes. tifosi
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

harley red says...

Playing from the back instead of getting the ball forward quicker is what costs us GOALS so why do it , the squad are not good enough to play that way ?
Playing from the back instead of getting the ball forward quicker is what costs us GOALS so why do it , the squad are not good enough to play that way ? harley red
  • Score: -9

3:25pm Mon 24 Feb 14

capott says...

To me Belford was better than any of the rest of team as far as trying to get the ball forward quicker on Saturday. He threw the ball out to players starting to make a run much quicker than Wes does. I think he was fed up of the slow build up from the back - just like us!
To me Belford was better than any of the rest of team as far as trying to get the ball forward quicker on Saturday. He threw the ball out to players starting to make a run much quicker than Wes does. I think he was fed up of the slow build up from the back - just like us! capott
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Winchester Man says...

I haven't seen Tyrell, but good to hear we have a decent stand in for Wes ..... I wouldn't want to hear talk of ok to let Wes go tho. Wes is a top keeper, and still learning his trade .... he's one of the best keepers I've seen at Swindon in 45 years, right up there with some great names. His reflexes are tops, and he's learning command of the pen area. We want to keep Wes as long as possible, he's a fan's favourite, and crucial to the back five.
I haven't seen Tyrell, but good to hear we have a decent stand in for Wes ..... I wouldn't want to hear talk of ok to let Wes go tho. Wes is a top keeper, and still learning his trade .... he's one of the best keepers I've seen at Swindon in 45 years, right up there with some great names. His reflexes are tops, and he's learning command of the pen area. We want to keep Wes as long as possible, he's a fan's favourite, and crucial to the back five. Winchester Man
  • Score: 0

7:20am Tue 25 Feb 14

the wizard says...

He has come in from a top club. He has obviously had some good coaching earlier in his career, and has played to high standards, higher than what we would here. Seems to me he has a good level perspective and mature view. Made some good saves,not only in this game but the others he has played in. No shame in losing out on penalties, especially when the out field were under performing as they were. He said we were "sloppy", goes to show he has a good upbringing, as that was polite.
He has come in from a top club. He has obviously had some good coaching earlier in his career, and has played to high standards, higher than what we would here. Seems to me he has a good level perspective and mature view. Made some good saves,not only in this game but the others he has played in. No shame in losing out on penalties, especially when the out field were under performing as they were. He said we were "sloppy", goes to show he has a good upbringing, as that was polite. the wizard
  • Score: 0

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