Tommy previews Town vs Watford
Tommy Smith is relishing the prospect of making his 50th start for Town this weekend in the game against Watford.
The 22-year-old defender made his first League start for the Club away to Sheffield Wednesday in November 2013 and since become a mainstay in the Town defence, especially under Manager Chris Powell.
“It has been a great year. I think it has been just over a year since I broke in to the First Team and to make 50 starts in that time is excellent,” Smith told htafc.com.
“I still remember the game at Sheffield Wednesday. Obviously we won the game which is why it sticks in my mind as well as it being my debut. Since then I think I have progressed nicely so I want to continue doing the same.”
Despite featuring regularly in the starting XI, Smith is not one to rest on his laurels, and feels there are still areas of his game that can be improved on.
“I think I have improved on everything. I’m still only young so I’m still developing and I feel if there is a lot more to come. There is always things to work on, I do not think I am the finished article and you come in every day in training to try and improve.”
Town has often switched between playing with three and four defenders under Powell, but Smith believes adapting to different formations can only improve his game.
“I’m not too fussed where I play really. We have played quite a few different formations - three at the back, four at the back - but I’m happy to play wherever the Manager wants me to play.
“I’ll give 110% wherever I’m chose to play. It gives you an extra string to your bow being able to play in different positions, and I’m happy to do that.”
Watford visit the John Smith’s Stadium in fine form on Saturday, having won four of their last five games in the Sky Bet Championship.
However, Smith believes Town can banish the memory of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Reading and pick up where they left off against Bolton in their last League outing.
“Reading was a difficult game for us; they had a game plan which worked very well, so fair play to them. We didn’t do ourselves any favours though; we weren’t brilliant throughout the game. We need to find a way of getting on top of the opposition and we will look to do that in future games.
“It’s back to the Championship this weekend so there’s points to play for and we will definitely go out looking for all three points. We had the fantastic win against Bolton, so we will go in to the game confident off the back of a win in the Championship.”
In Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra, the Hornets possess one of the deadliest strike forces in the League, but Smith says Town should concentrate on the threat of their own.
“You have to deal with them as best as you can. We will work on the training pitch as to how we are going to deal with them and hopefully put the practice in to the game.
“We approach it like a normal game. All different teams have a threat and obviously Watford’s is an attacking one. We have got an attacking threat of our own so we will look to take the game to them.”
Town have found consistency hard to come by over recent weeks, but Smith believes that if the Terriers do begin to pick up points on a regular basis, they can climb the table.
“There are no easy fixtures and we know that, so we’ll go in to the games confident looking to take points from the games and be solid keeping clean sheets when we can and see where that takes us.
“We can play well as we’ve shown, like beating Nottingham Forest 3-0 comfortably, and then other games we’ve not done so well in. It is difficult to put your finger on why, but we’ll definitely look to try and get that consistency back, because consistency in this league can propel you rapidly.”
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