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Smith Skippers All Whites to Draw
Wednesday, 14th Nov 2012 13:43

Blues defender Tommy Smith skippered New Zealand to a 1-1 friendly draw with China in Shanghai earlier this afternoon.

Zhao Peng put the home side ahead before Chris Wood, who is currently on loan at Millwall from West Brom, equalised for the All Whites just before half-time.

The Town centre-half thought his side should have claimed a victory: "I thought they were more of a counter-attacking team and we had more of the ball.

"We were passing it around well and created a few chances and we feel like we should have won the game."

Smith, who was back in the Town side for Saturday’s victory over Burnley, was winning his 21st full cap.

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MaySixth added 14:18 - Nov 14
Get home safe son
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King_of_Portman_Rd added 14:29 - Nov 14
On the topic of New Zealand and Chris Wood, I know Millwall are keen to sign him permanently but I would think he would be the perfect fit for us as a big strong (and young) centre forward that we have been looking for since Alan Lee left.

The issue being the £1 million price tag and the fact that (like Tommy) travels around the world every other month.

I'd love to see Tommy start on Saturday but I can't see it happening now we have Orr at full back, I hope he is given another chance in the next few weeks
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DanLyles added 15:33 - Nov 14
Smith is totally committed, good in the air and very strong. If he can iron out the odd lapse in concentration he will mature into a very good centre half. Just wish he had made these mistakes out on loan rather than in our first team. Mick Mills pointed out on Radio Suffolk after the Burnley game that the great Kevin Beattie made similar errors as a young player and then look how he turned out :)

Great shout about Woods. 6 ft 3, strong, has done the rounds in the Championship, scoring 14 last season in all comps, while this season he has 6 already in 11 games for Millwall.

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Popeye added 16:33 - Nov 14
Well done Tommy now be a good chap and hotfoot it back to Ipswich sharpish, don't want Youga anywhere near the 1st team until he has learn't how to tackle without getting booked/sent off
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Talbs77 added 20:06 - Nov 14
I think you could sense in MM post match interview Saturday his frustration that Smith has had to go right accross the world to play this match.

Its such a tough one as I would never begrudge anyone playing for their country, but at the same time I dont care about New Zealand and I cant help feeling all this jet setting isnt helping Tommy or us.

I hope I'm wrong and he plays a blinder Saturday as he was excellent against Burnley after being out the side for a while.

I get the feeling the boy might flourish under MM who, if I remember rightly was a CB (correct me if I'm wrong boys).
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bobble added 09:29 - Nov 15
go new zealand...enjoy the internationals tommy, because when you retire it wont be the game for town against Peterborough you will remember .........
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runningout added 16:17 - Nov 15
Smith isnt totally to blame for shambolic defending and our shameful heavy beatings... his lack of composure and naivety have been on show too often now..
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brendanh added 17:07 - Nov 15
Shouldn't be flying all the way to Shanghai for a friendly with a game on Sat. I think Smith will have to reconsider his decision to represent New Zealand. His form has been worse this season for the 25,000 mile round trips to pacific islands nations with male population not much more than eleven. Surely the NZ FA can manage to qualify from a group containing giants of world football such as Tahiti and New Caledonia, without calling on their European-based players. NZ's 2014 qualifying record is played 4, scored 13, conceded 1. By all means play in the European friendlies, playoffs and the World Cup finals. But if the NZ FA don't see sense and continue calling him up to play distant friendlies and versus countries with more lagoons than people, Smith will have to decide between flying round the planet mid-season or playing top class professional club football.
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Wickets added 17:48 - Nov 15
Future Ipswich Captain?
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