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SMITH: WE WERE UNFORTUNATE

12 April 2014

Defender believes Town have the characters to bounce back

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith was one of the nine men who finished the game for the Terriers and he believed they were unfortunate to be on the losing team.

Mark Robins’ men were denied what looked like a clear penalty in the tenth minute when Jake Buxton hauled Danny Ward to the ground and were also on the wrong end of a harshly awarded spot kick.

Smith began the game on the substitute bench, but was needed at the interval following Joel Lynch’s red card. 

The young defender, along with his teammates, battled hard in difficult circumstances to restrict County’s attackers in a tough second half.

“We battled hard, but were unfortunate with some of the decisions that went against us,” he said. “We plugged away though, and in the end I think we did well to keep the score down to 3-1.”

On the penalty decision that went against Town, he said: “In my opinion it was a penalty. From the bench, Danny had got 'goal side' of his marker and felt a nudge; it looked like a clear foul. It was certainly more of a penalty than the one they were awarded. 

“We played some decent football on a good surface in the first half," he continued. "But it obviously got a lot harder with the sending off; the dynamic of the game changed.”

The Terriers took the lead courtesy of Ward and Nahki Wells and produced a far better display than against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night. 

“We showed a reaction and worked hard in difficult circumstances; we can look to that as a positive ahead of the two games over Easter. We are going to continue battling until the end of the season and I believe we have the characters in our dressing room to bounce back.

“Alex Smithies is one of those characters and he has been brilliant all season; he made some great saves today after making a freak error. He has been one of our best players this season and I am sure that he will respond positively.” 

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