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Praise rightly given to Smithy

Praise rightly given to Smithy

Paul Hart has, and for me rightly so, given some praise to Tommy Smith after he gave another fantastic display against Wolves last weekend.

In an article titled 'diamonds are the blues' best friend' on The Pompey Site, where Hart firstly spoke about the diamond midfield system used against Wolves - giving credit to those that played in it - he then went onto praise Smith for his 'tireless' effort since his arrival from Watford: 'Tommy's tireless. You look at his figures and his work-rate is phenomenal.

'I think he's been excellent since he's come here.'

I cannot disagree with Hart at all and think that this praise is richly deserved - I admit that I was not convinced by Smith's signing, but he has justified his arrival, not only in his tremendous work-rate but also with his quality, which is certainly of a much higher quality than I expect to be honest!

It could still be good, in my thinking, for Smith to be pushed further up the field if possible as I do feel that he could offer a serious goal threat, but then again we would miss the other qualities that he is offering us perhaps? So I guess it is a case of swings and roundabouts.

I am still amazed though at the thoughts some people have shared, or have at least 'said' to have shared, as I have not heard this, with The Quay recently about Smith and how they feel he should be out of the side - clearly they are not watching the same games, if they are watching at all...

In the same article Hart also spoke about Steve Finnan: 'you saw the calmness and reassurance that Steve gives to the back four. I thought he was faultless.

'It buys a little bit of time for Anthony Vanden Borre to continue his progress. When we bring in players from abroad the Premier League is a million miles away from what they're used to.

'At times this season they've been flung in immediately when in an ideal world you'd ease them through.'

Clearly Finnan was a bit off the pace a little, but all in all he showed just why I feel he could be an important player for us - we just need him to stay injury free!

If he can do this we not only have a good defensive player we also have another good attacking outlet on the right hand side as he will get up and down the pitch offering good service to the attacking players.

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday October 8 2009
Time: 12:36PM

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The problem with most callers to the Quay is they have not been to the game just listened to the commentary. You cannot gauge workrate on the radio only in the flesh and Smiffy has worked very hard. No goals yet but thy will come along with the assists that his work undoubtedly deserves.
eastneydave
08/10/2009 12:56:00
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Love the headline on the OS!
pros7
08/10/2009 13:28:00
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reminds me a bit of steve stone ! not looks wise though just plays like him
pompeyhussler
08/10/2009 18:13:00
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I for one will be sorry to lose some of these players we have now, if we start buying in the January window. I would rathr have players of this calibre who WANT
Gandor1
08/10/2009 21:23:00
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(don't know what happened there). who WANT to play fo us, rather than the ones we had, most of whom were playing for their wages. Its a lot more entertaining and quite frankly, suits the Pompey temperament. Just as long as they keep us up, of course. A 1th or 14th placing a a good Cup run, and I think I will be happy.
Gandor1
08/10/2009 21:26:00
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PS: Can't say I havenoticed Tommy Smith. I admit that I don't know WHO I am looking at on the pitch anymore, they are all strangers to me...... I can recognise O'Hara and Mark Wilson and David James - and thats it! (Oh - and how can I forget Younis)?
Gandor1
08/10/2009 21:28:00
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Smith is a very good player. He is playing fantastic and should remain in the side. I think that it is time for Freddy to have another go; at least he scored some goals for the reserves!
Pompey Malta
08/10/2009 22:49:00
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I think Hussler is right about the Stone comparison, Pompey fans love a battler who gives his all
paultsmouth
09/10/2009 07:42:00
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We seem to have got ourselves a bunch of players who are committed to the cause, which is exactly what we need right now. I admit i was concerned about whether the quality was high enough, but I'm becoming pleased with them all.
tracyc
09/10/2009 09:21:00
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the lads done a great job, a lot of us bagged Hart when he signed Smith, i think i may have been one of them, but he is really proving the critics wrong
nodster
10/10/2009 00:15:00
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