Right back disappointed by weekend defeat
- Tommy Smith reviews defeat to Ipswich Town
- Defender made 100th Huddersfield Town appearance on Saturday
- Smith keen to highlight progress made under David Wagner
Tommy Smith made his 100th appearance for Huddersfield Town in Saturday’s game against Ipswich Town – but was in no mood to celebrate at the final whistle.
The right back has been a virtual ever-present for the Terriers since making the breakthrough into the First Team in November 2013, quickly reaching the aforementioned landmark whilst establishing himself as a Championship footballer.
However, he could do nothing to prevent Saturday’s frustrating loss, where the Terriers couldn’t take one of a number of chances in a game settled by Ben Pringle’s strike for visitors Ipswich.
“Obviously it was a disappointing day. We had stacks on stacks of chances, but couldn’t get that breakthrough,” Tommy told htafc.com.
“We had a lot of chances and obviously we had all the stats with us - the Head Coach informed us we had under 70% possession and about 20 shots – but the main stat of the day was that we’d been beaten, so we’re obviously disappointed.”
Saturday was a rare blank during David Wagner’s tenure, with Town only failing to score in one other game since the German took charge in November.
Tommy continued: “It’s only the second time we’ve not scored a goal under the Head Coach. He always says we’re capable of scoring goals, as we showed, but it just wasn’t our day on Saturday unfortunately.
“We knew Ipswich was going to come here and make it difficult for us and try to get us on the counter; make it difficult and try and get away with something. They went away with all three points, which is obviously good for them but terrible for us.
“We’ll keep plugging away and in the future hope the games go for us and not against us.”
Despite the setback in the result, Smith believes the performance was more evidence of the progress made since Wagner took charge.
“People forget that the Head Coach has only been here a short length of time, as you can see the impact he’s made already.
“I think we’re only going to get better as time goes on and in the future we’ll definitely win those games as oppose to losing them.
“I think the Town fans can obviously see what we’re trying to do. They can see that we’re trying to keep the ball; that we’ve got a new way of playing and it will take time. It’s not going to happen overnight.
“It’s been different, but we’re a good bunch of lads, we pull together and we get on with what were told to do. The Head Coach has made it easy by being there and telling us what to do and we’re happy to buy into it and I think you can see on the pitch that it’s taking shape.
“Like I said, the Head Coach hasn’t been here a long time; he’s only been here a few months. I think the fans are starting to see that we’re gradually improving game by game and hopefully that’ll continue.”
Smith is now targeting Saturday’s game at Derby County as a chance to get back in the points, as he explained:
“Now were coming to the closing end of the season and it’s important that we just keep going; we certainly don’t want the season to fizzle out.
“We’ve had a good couple of results away at Forest and the Wolves game, then we had to nick a point at MK Dons. We still want to pick up as many points as possible and see where it takes us in the league
“We fancy ourselves in any game, home or away, so it won’t be different when we go to Derby on Saturday.”