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9 September 2016

The new players understand the importance of the match

-    Tommy Smith previews Leeds United clash
-    Right back recalls Town’s emphatic 4-1 win at Elland Road last season
-    Smith praises HTAFC supporters this season

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith believes the Club are ready to face Leeds United and are all looking forward to it after the international break.

The week away from Sky Bet Championship fixtures saw some First Team players like Aaron Mooy and Danny Ward join up with their national sides while other members of the squad were given some days off to recover from Town’s impressive start.

However, Smith was disappointed the international break came when it did as he felt the Club were putting together some good momentum.

“I was definitely not glad to have the week off,” explained Smith.

“We picked up some good results and had the momentum with us so it was disappointing not to be able to carry it on, but it (the international break) came around and now we’re ready for the Leeds game and all looking forward to it.”

Despite the break, Smith believes the match against Leeds United is the perfect game to return to Championship action.

“It’s a derby and a big game for us. We’re going to go to their ground, look to win the game and build upon our last five performances and see where it takes us.”

Smith was part of the side that won 4-1 at Elland Road last season and said he can feel the excitement within the dressing room already.

He thinks the Club’s new signings understand how important this match is to the supporters and that they want to do them proud.

“Last season was brilliant, it was great to go there and win as emphatically as we did,” smiled Smith.

“The Head Coach has drilled it into our lads already that it’s a big game for us and a massive game for our supporters.

“All the new lads knew that already and we’re ready to go there and put in a performance for our fans.”

Town currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship table with 13 points from their opening five games, nine more points than their Yorkshire rivals.

But Town’s right back isn’t paying attention to the league table yet and knows his side have to play well to beat Leeds on Saturday.

“If you are not at it in any game you can get beat in this league,” said Smith.

“Fortunately for us we’ve been at it for the games we have played so far and we will be looking to take that into Saturday.

“The league table is irrelevant at the minute but it’s great to be where we are. We are taking each game as it comes and we will see where that takes us.”

In Town’s first three away matches this season the away ticket allocation has been sold out and Smith can’t explain enough how important the travelling supporters are to help the team succeed.

“The fans have been brilliant, their atmosphere really does give us a lift,” explained Smith.

“Some people might not think that but when you’re on the pitch and you can hear your fans singing it really does help.

“At the two away games at Aston Villa and Newcastle United they were outstanding and obviously at the home games as well, so we will look to take that into Saturday and give them something to shout about.”

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