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TOMMY SMITH: HARD LOSS TO TAKE

5 April 2014

Defender on the 1-0 home loss to Bolton

Tommy Smith described today’s 1-0 home reversal at the hands of Bolton Wanderers as ‘difficult to swallow’.

The Terriers had the majority of possession and 23 shots to Bolton’s 11 during the 90 minutes, but in the end the one that counted came in second-half added time when substitute Joe Mason volleyed home a late Trotters corner to seal all three points for his team.

“That’s a very difficult one to swallow. I thought we deserved to win the game, so to concede late on in the manner that we did – from a set-piece – was very disappointing. We’re all devastated, because we think we should have won today,” Tommy told htafc.com.

“I thought we defended relatively well and we had the majority of the possession, as we normally do at our ground. For that to be the case and for us then to concede from a set-piece is a bit sloppy.”

The Terriers are now without a win in the last seven games, but the former Manchester City Academy player explained that run doesn’t change the goal for the team.

“We always need to win; that’s the nature of football and the Championship. We always aim to win the game and it’ll be no different on Tuesday when we play Ipswich. It’s good that the game comes so quickly after today – it gives us the chance to bounce back as quickly as possible.”

Ipswich Town will arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday hopeful that they can still force their way into the Play-Offs, despite their 2-0 loss at Blackburn Rovers today. Mick McCarthy’s side promises to be another tough opponent, but Smith explained that is par for the course in the Sky Bet Championship. 

“As I’ve said before, there are no easy games in this division; they are all tough ones. However, we’re fully determined to make amends for what has happened today – we want all three points on Tuesday.”

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