Millwall boss hopes Smith will learn from Boyd experience

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett says Adam Smith must strike a balance between attack and defence after being substituted at half-time against Peterborough.

The Tottenham right-back has been ever-present in the Lions side since his loan move from White Hart Lane in October and has proved to be effective at both ends of the pitch.

But midfielder George Boyd terrorised Smith in the first 45 minutes of Posh's 5-1 demolition job at The Den before the England U21 international was withdrawn at the interval.

And Jackett is hoping Smith will be better for the experience. He said: "Perhaps [Smith can improve] premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/mans-health/ defensively, but this is certainly his first long spell of football in the Championship.

"Boyd got the better of him in the first-half and both goals came down that side, but overall he has done very well for us in the time he has been here.

"I'm sure he'll come through it and go on to be a very good player. Tuesday will have been a tough learning curve but it is up to Adam to make sure that his defensive play is his bread and butter.

"Anything he does going forward is a bonus on top of that. That's your priority as a defender."

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16 thoughts on “Millwall boss hopes Smith will learn from Boyd experience

  • February 21, 2013 at 09:44
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    45 minutes of an off day. I can swallow that, when he leaves here he wont owe us anything in terms of effort and commitment. As you're now singling out players and their shortcomings, what about the rest of them.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 09:47
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    What about Trotter?! he strolls around the pitch like this bad form of ours hasnt got anything to do with him!! lazy!!! Also what about you KJ??? lately we've been tactically inept!!

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  • February 21, 2013 at 10:04
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    Very hasty KJ you could've waited until 60th minute to see how he would respond and to be fare you could have replaced 9 players out there. You done the right thing at Luton but dropping him at half time was a bit harsh.will he learn from his Boyd experience ? No doubt.
    I just hope he don't take being dropped for Luton then being dropped at halftime against posh personal.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 11:11
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    Did we improve in the second half - no!
    What sense did it make taking off a good footballing, attack minded full back when we were 2-1 down. Yes, Boyd did get the better of him, but a manager/coaches surely talks to him, shows him the error of his ways and let him try to put it right in the second half. But no, we bring on two league one standard players and expect to turn the game around!

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  • February 21, 2013 at 11:53
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    I am getting concerned for KJ, I really think he is losing the plot. Yes, Adam was not having the best of games, but he is not playing regularly for the Engalnd U21's for nothing. As Essexwall says a few words at half time on how to best deal with Boyd would have been better. Also if he had better players in front of him he wouldn't have been trying to do their job as well. To replace him with someone who struggled on saturday against non-league opposition is a bit odd, to say the least. Why did KJ pick him out for criticism, when there were 8 other players who were as bad, if not, worse.
    I fully appreciate that we should all be behind KJ and the team, but if he doesn't want criticism then stop talking to whoever writes these peices, but by doing so leaves himself wide open.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 12:24
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    Kenny hopes that Smithy will 'learn' from the Boyd experience. this comment from the manager is comical to me. P*** poor long-ball tactics, signings, substitutions and placement of players on the pitch, coupled with a complete refusal to change or substitute the laziest, most ineffective player for months from the pitch (Trotter, if you hadn't guessed). The more burning issue here for the club in my opinion is not Smithy, but you Kenny......have YOU learned anything from the Boyd and Peterborough farce, because that's what it was.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 12:57
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    That is a valid point, KJ is learning as much as any of his players are, we need to see that he is adapting to the squad that he has to work with. He has had backing and invested in players, albeit loans and permanent contracts. I believe he will imporve as a manager, but it is almost as if he is not sure which players or fomration to play at this time, this happenned before when we went a long time losing last season and eventually he found a balanced team that worked. J Wright was in the that team for a long period......need I say more?

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  • February 21, 2013 at 13:05
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    Most mistakes on the night were made by Kenny himself. Continuously playing Trotter and Keogh when they are not adding any value and playing the Afobi out of position where he offered Smith no support whats so ever.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 13:11
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    Think it's poor from KJ to single him out after Tuesday, the formation never helped him he was left exposed for the whole first half

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  • February 21, 2013 at 13:11
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    What is wrong with KJ, couldnt he see that in the first half Smith never had the comfort of having Henry down the right with him? Afobe is a striker so wont chase back granted he should of been as he played on the right but you cannot blame him, its the managers tatics at the end of the day. KJ is looking for easy targets and its easiest blaming a player who probably wont be there next season, enough of these excuses, i dont want Jackett to go as that would be criminal we just need to invest in proper players !!!!

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  • February 21, 2013 at 13:30
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    As a team we are going backwards. KJ said that this co-insides with the cup run. B*****, it all started happening after Woods went and Taylor got injured. Need to open your eyes Kenny otherwise certain players in the team YOU select will cost you your job.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 14:17
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    Yes! and looked what happened in the second half Kenny, 3 more goals a frustrated Lowry sent off and Dunne comletly exposed along with Keogh, and the rest of the team, apart from the ever present Jimmy Abdou!!!!!!

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  • February 21, 2013 at 16:22
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    For me Tuesday was all about defenders not attacking the ball and allowing Peterborough too much space (Shittu was missed) and midfielders not tracking back to help out. Abdou was OK but Trotter was just strolling about. Trotter was within a couple of yards of the players who scored their first two but made no real effort to intervene. Drop him, Kenny, and get a midfielder in who can take control

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  • February 21, 2013 at 17:59
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    just seen boyd gone to hull on loan why didnt he f*** off last week might have only lost 2-1 and smith might have had an easier game

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  • February 21, 2013 at 19:33
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    He wasn't the only one to have a bad day but certain players can get away with it.

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  • February 23, 2013 at 06:06
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    Or better still should have signed up Boyd ourselves!
    Cheap shot at Smith by KJ. Smith must be p**ssed off thats why KJ has had to come out in the press and justify himself.
    Smithy will be back to his best at Boro! Are you watching Kenny?

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