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Ten in a row for Bouzanis

6 November 2012

Keeper grows with every game

Dean Bouzanis believes he is becoming a better keeper with every first-team game he plays.

The Aussie was speaking after making a 10th successive appearance of the campaign in Saturday's FA Cup, first-round tie at Kidderminster Harriers.

Bouzanis said: "Every game I play, I feel I am benefitting from it.

"With the more games you play, the more comfortable you are going to get and I am just delighted to be playing.

"Paul Gerrard is also helping me a lot off the pitch and is a great goalkeeping coach."

Bouzanis, who took over from Alex Cisak in mid-September, says the rivalry between the two of them in healthy.

He said: "When Alex was playing, I did everything to help him and he has returned the favour.

"I have known him for a few years and he is a great lad and we hang out together off the pitch.

"It is purely professional and you cannot dislike somebody for what has happened."

Bouzanis has also revealed the mental toughness required because not all the banter goalkeepers receive is friendly.

He cited Crawley and Kidderminster as examples when he came under a torrent of verbal abuse.

"At away grounds it is usually horrible to play. In the first half at Kidderminster I was in front of our fans and comfortable, but in the second got stick which I had to block out," he explained.

Bouzanis says captain James Wesolowski was surprised by the flak as he marked on the post at a corner and he was tempted to react.

He explained: "Higher up the pitch, where he usually is, you don't realise it.

"He was saying he might react, but you can't. You have to focus on your game or else mistakes will creep in.

"I don't do anything until after the game making sure we have the result first."

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