WES Foderingham has credited his goalkeeping understudy at Swindon Town, Tyrell Belford, as a major factor in his good recent form.
Foderingham returned from a groin problem two weeks ago and has since conceded just once in three matches as Town have risen to within four points of the League One play-offs.
The 23-year-old feels Belford’s able displays between the sticks during his injury lay-off has ensured he has maintained high performance levels since his comeback.
“Ty did really well. It felt a bit harsh on him because he came in and played against Wolves - the best team in the league - and the number of goals he conceded didn’t really reflect his performance,” Foderingham said.
“Under the circumstances he did fantastically well and I think he’s helped me in that when I’ve come back I’ve had to think ‘I’ve got to do really well here because Ty has played really well’.
“That’s probably in the back of my mind as well.
“I came back in the big game against Bristol City and thought we did well, the defence helped me out there as well. Then we had another good result against Preston - where I thought I had a solid game - and then against Tranmere it wasn’t as easy as the other two.
“They asked us a few more questions and I thought we did really well. I was called upon to make saves but that’s what I’m there to do. If I can’t make saves I shouldn’t be in the team. On the few occasions I was called upon I was able to do my job.
“I’ve come back and kept two clean sheets which personally is very good, seeing as we haven’t kept that many clean sheets compared to previous seasons.
“At the moment I think I’m doing alright. It’s only three games and I’m not going to get carried away but I’m doing alright.”