Smith praises namesake after winner against Bristol City

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

MILLWALL utility man Jack Smith hailed namesake Adam after the Tottenham loanee hit the winner against Bristol City at The Den on New Year's Day.

The Lions began 2013 with three precious points courtesy of Smith's ferocious second-half volley, which sealed a 2-1 victory over the Robins.

The 21-year-old has been a big hit in SE16 since joining from Spurs in November but boss André Villas-Boas has hinted that the right-back could be moved on to a Premier League club in January.



And Jack admits the youngster is primed to succeed in the top flight:  "If we don't keep him and he goes back to Spurs, I'm sure he'll be pushing Kyle Walker as much as he can.

"He's a very good young player. His arrival coincided with the team going on a long unbeaten run. He's got everything you need as a defender, plus technique and pace.

"It was a great volley. Those ones are hard – when the ball pops up and hangs in the air for a long time. Adam's come running in and taken it on the full – it was a great finish."



Victory over Bristol City saw Millwall climb back up to seventh in the Championship table, sitting just outside the play-off positions by virtue of goal difference.

Dany N'Guessan's first goal of the season handed them a deserved lead, but the Robins equalised through John Stead in the 64th minute and were pushing for a winner when Smith struck.

Jack added: "We were the better team in the first-half and could have been more than 1-0 up. We knew they weren't going to play that badly again in the second-half so we wanted a cushion.

"That didn't happen and we got a bit nervy. The equaliser was coming and at that moment you're thinking that they are in the ascendancy. But we dug in and were the better team towards the end.

"We got the crucial second goal and managed to hold on. We were on a good run but before Tuesday we'd only won one game in our last six, so this was a big result.

"We're level on points with Watford now so that puts the pressure on them. Nobody is really talking about us as promotion contenders and that's good for us – we're happy to be under the radar."

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3 thoughts on “Smith praises namesake after winner against Bristol City

  • January 2, 2013 at 18:38
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    Trotter to leicester,my cousin matty james who plays for leicester,number 16 says talks have been agreed for a undisclosed fee .I think chris wood asked pearson to sign trotter because he liked playing with him(and also money)chris wood p*** off

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  • January 2, 2013 at 19:13
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    Sounds believable *sarcasm detector*

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  • January 2, 2013 at 19:56
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    Can i just confirm i was joking

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