Date: 17th February 2015 at 11:55am
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Ted Smith fulfilled his dream on Saturday when he made his Southend debut, he’s told the Echo though that defeat ‘took the shine off’ the occasion for him.

A first-team debut before the season was out was something that Smith had said was his aim when talking towards the end of last years – his chance might have came at the expense of Dan Bentley, with our no.1 missing out due to a slight groin strain, but he got this chance against Accrington Stanley at Roots Hall.

Smith had hoped to keep the cleansheet run going but unfortunately he wasn’t able to as Accrington went way with a surprise two-one win and as much as he was ‘proud’ to have made his debut, enjoyed it and thanked the fans for the support given to him, something that he’s waited several years for was ruined by the loss….

‘I’ve been here six or seven years now so to get out on to the pitch and play for the first team was fantastic but unfortunately the result took the shine off the day for me really.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought I did alright but it would obviously have been much better if we had got something from the game.’

Phil Brown had nothing but support for him blaming the goals on poor defending.

Brown was also full of praise for Paul Smith when it was decided that the more experienced ‘keeper would sit on the bench with the 19-year-old preferred.

‘He made good decisions and Accrington manager John Coleman said after the game that he thought he was fantastic for his debut.

‘He was thrown in at 1.30pm but he responded very well and so did Paul Smith who supported him all the way through. Ted is almost like a sweeper style keeper and that was the main reason why I went for him instead of Paul.’

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