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Smith After More Goals
Friday, 30th Nov 2012 10:03

Tommy Smith is aiming to improve his scoring ratio for Ipswich after netting seven times in his 84 senior appearances to date.

Smith, whose only goal in the current campaign came in the 3-1 Capital One Cup home win over Bristol Rovers back in August, admitted: “It’s a goal of mine to score more regularly.

“Going up for set pieces, you always want to get on the end of things. I was aware I’d scored seven so far in my time with Ipswich and I’d like to build on that tally for sure.”

Smith saluted the part that midfield team-mates Guirane N’Daw and Luke Hyam played in the 3-1 midweek home win over Nottingham Forest with both claiming their first goals for the club.

He added: “They set the standard for the team. They both played really well and hopefully there will be more of the same from them during the remainder of the season.

“Things have been very positive since Tuesday. There’s always a buzz after a good win and Tuesday night was no different. The aim now has to be to build on that and push ourselves up the table.”

Smith, 22, partnered Luke Chambers at the back against Forest, when he was able to resume his favourite role on the left of the central pair, whereas he was positioned to the right of Danny Higginbotham in Town’s previous game, the 1-1 home draw with Peterborough three days earlier.

He said: “With me being left-footed it is more natural for me to play on the left but I played on the right a lot last season as well and I’m comfortable there. Obviously, though, for clearances and stuff it’s easier when I’m on the left-hand side.

“Regardless of where I play I’ve always tried to be vocal and when you have more senior players alongside you it’s a case of tending to take their lead.

“They have more experience but I feel that as I am getting more experienced myself I’m trying to take a lead. I find myself bossing people around, which is what the gaffer says he wants his centre-halves to do.”

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georgelamming added 10:28 - Nov 30
Almost a quality player
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bgexile added 10:31 - Nov 30
he's going to be our new Terry Butcher
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pazelle added 10:33 - Nov 30
I've got a fiver on you to score anytime Tom! Have been doing it every game this season! Knock a few in!

Great to see TS become more integral to the team - always rated him!

Unbeaten in the World Cup too!
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AlexGreen added 10:56 - Nov 30
Unbeaten in the World Cup, but didn't win a game either! :)
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havinit69 added 11:01 - Nov 30
I'd Rather he helped keep more out of his own net than worry himself about his ratio at the other end... Just Saying.
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afrodids added 11:20 - Nov 30
That's about the same goal ratio as chopra!!
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Marcus added 13:08 - Nov 30
I live it when central defenders or defensive midfielders come forward for set pieces. John Wark had a certain glint in his eye when he just knew he was in the zone to score. His run into the box and far post header should have been trademarked - obvious play but it was often deadly effective.
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bohslegend added 13:26 - Nov 30
In MM he has a good mentor. MM was no push over at centre back himself.
In Mick We Trust!
COYB!
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