Smith still learning ahead of 2015/16
Huddersfield Town’s strong end to 2014/15 was down to improved game management, according to defender Tommy Smith.
The 23 year-old was a virtual ever-present in Chris Powell’s side as it finished on a seven game unbeaten streak, which Tommy puts down to the work the Manager has put in with the squad in the field of controlling matches.
“The Manager is very big on game management; he talks about it a lot,” Tommy told htafc.com.
“There were certain times through the season where we were not good at it, but as the year moved on and come to a close, we definitely became better. For example, at Nottingham Forest we were 1-0 up early, but we defended well and played sensibly in the second-half and we got the three points.
“Game management is massive. If we manage things as well as we have done towards the back-end of last season, I think we will do well this term.”
With the Sky Bet Championship always being a tightly-contested division, Tommy believes that the mental side will be worth a vital few points throughout the campaign.
“Definitely; mentality is a big side of football. We let goals in towards the end of the game; the Norwich match comes to the top of my head, where we were winning 2-1 and they scored in the last minute of the game. Little things like that can be costly, so we have got to try and eradicate them next season. I think if we do, we will definitely be better for it.”
Despite having now played over 70 games for the Club, Tommy still knows he is learning his trade; a description he thinks fits many of his teammates.
“We are inexperienced, but I think we are getting there. There is a lot of young players like myself, Conor and Harry Bunn, in our team, but the manager is quite happy to play us and we’re obviously delighted that he has shown that faith. Conor and I have played over 50 games in the league, which I think is a testament to the both of us.
“The experiences of the season we have just had, where we have played the most of the games, should be vital.
“I played 30-odd games in my debut season, but to actually play the full season (2014/15) has been great. I have racked up a fair amount of games now for the amount of time I have been playing, which is obviously brilliant. Next season I will be looking to do the exact same and hopefully push the 100 mark.”
“I am always learning; I do not think I will stop. There are lots of players in our team who are still learning, which is part and parcel of playing football at a level at we’re playing at. I am always looking to learn and always looking to improve.”
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