INTERVIEW | Safe Hands

INTERVIEW | Safe Hands

Port goalkeeper Charlie Albinson says he is relishing the chance of playing first-team football as he looks to strengthen his starting place at the Pure Stadium.

Albinson has held the No 1 jersey since the Emirates FA Cup win against Scarborough Athletic in September, playing seven games since his arrival in the summer after leaving Blackburn Rovers.

The former Manchester City youth team player saved a penalty in the dramatic win against Hereford last week, before keeping a clean sheet against Bradford (Park Avenue) as the Port recorded back-to-back victories.

At only 23, Albinson is growing into the role and is looking to use his early performances as a platform for future games.

He said: “These are my first games at this level and I think it’s just about getting that confidence in me.

“I’m trying to get better each week, there’s some games I’ve been happy, some games where I’ve been a bit disappointed but it’s just about getting that consistency in the games and keep performing.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up and if I can get some good performances in them then that just gives you that momentum then and sets you up for a strong season.”

Albinson also thanked the outfield players for their role in making his life between the sticks easier, saying that he has been impressed with the way the side defended as a team.

He added: “The defence has been brilliant. Ryan, Dean, Zehn and Andy have all been brilliant in the centre and the full backs Reagan and Jack have kept wingers quiet.

“Our midfield players work really hard picking up second balls for and getting it out of our half, so yeah it’s been really good to play with them all.”

Written by James Houghton

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