Bartosz Bialkowski on feeling ‘unbeatable’, his Poland dream and clean sheet target
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Ipswich Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski says he feels ‘unbeatable’ ahead of tomorrow’s game at Brentford.
The Polish custodian has been in superb form since returning to the team in February. He scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Year award at the end of last season after making a string of breathtaking saves and carried on where he left off in last weekend’s 4-2 home win against Barnsley with a game-changing reaction stop at nil-nil.
“I’m in my prime,” he said, having been rested for Tuesday night’s 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage in the EFL Cup. “I’m 29 and still have lots of years left, I hope, to play. I’ve had a lot of experience now and I can only get better now. I’m really excited about the years ahead.”
He continued: “When you make a big save it gives you extra confidence.
“Obviously you are not going to save every shot, but sometimes you are just feeling unbeatable in a game.
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“When I saw the ball going to his (Tom Bradshaw’s) feet I just tried to get set and not move until he struck the ball. That gives you extra time to react. If you move too early you can find yourself out of balance. It’s a split second decision.”
Bialkowski kept eight clean sheets in 23 starts last season and has set himself a target of 15 this time around.
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And he also has an international call-up in his thoughts, although Wojciech Szczesny (Roma), Lukasz Fabianski (Sawnsea) and Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) are all ahead of him in the pecking order at present.
“Obviously we’ve got a lot of good goalies in various top divisions across Europe, but that has always been my dream, to play for Poland.
“That’s my target, but I’m not thinking about it too much. I have to keep playing well for Ipswich and, if my form stays the same, then who knows?”
The former Southampton and Notts County man is now in his third season at Portman Road and is contracted until 2018.
He said: “I love this place, I love this club. My family are so happy here and we’re settled. I can see myself playing here for many years.”