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22 February 2014

Smith’s verdict on the 2-0 loss to Sheff Wed

Defender Tommy Smith had a damning verdict after today’s 2-0 home defeat to West Yorkshire – Town were simply not good enough. 

The former Manchester City trainee was helpless to prevent the Owls winning the Yorkshire derby due to goals from Jeremy Helan and Jacques Maghoma and cut a disappointed figure post-match.

“It was disappointing; I think everyone could see how disappointed we are, particularly on the back of last weekend’s win at Birmingham. We wanted to follow on from that, but we didn’t. We weren’t good enough today,” Tommy told

“Every opponent will present us with a different challenge, as Sheffield Wednesday did today. We have to try and combat that to win games and we need to be better than we were today.”

Today’s loss means Town have won two and lost two of their last four games, summing up the ‘up and down’ nature of the team’s performances lately.  

“We’re a bit inconsistent at the moment,” Tommy admitted. “We need to find that consistency and get a good run of results in. Winning successive games doesn’t half make a difference; the points rack up quickly and you find yourself climbing the table.” 

Smith made his League debut in the corresponding fixture at Hillsborough back in November and has not missed a minute’s action since – something that he is delighted with.

“That’s the 19th game on the bounce for me, which on the back of signing the new contract is brilliant on a personal note. However, I’m focussed on winning football games and today we didn’t. I’m just as disappointed as all the other lads.”

After today’s defeat, Smith is already refocusing on an important week at PPG Canalside and another Yorkshire derby at home to Barnsley next weekend. 

“It’s now very important that we get back on track next weekend against Barnsley. We need to get back to winning games more regularly.

“We’ll get back to work on the training ground this week and aim to have a good week. We need to work hard and sort out a few things. We’ll go into next weekend’s game determined to do well and desperate for the three points. 

“We’re a good side; I’ve said that many times. We have some good players, but we have to take our chances and score goals to win games. We’ve done that on numerous occasions this season, but we have to do it on a more consistent basis.”

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