Smith wants chance to nail down spot in Millwall's midfield

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

JACK Smith is hoping to get a regular run in the side after starting his first game since mid-January against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

The 29-year-old slotted seamlessly into Kenny Jackett's midfield during the goalless FA Cup quarter-final at The Den, which will be replayed at Ewood Park this week.

Smith helped to create two of the Lions' best chances – crossing for Andy Keogh, who headed onto the post, before his defence-splitting pass led to Rob Hulse firing over from close range.



"I was in at the deep end a little bit," he said afterwards. "I haven't been involved for the last four or five weeks so it was nice to play. It takes a while to get back into it but I was pleased with how I did.

"I had a job to do and stuck to it really. You just want to be playing. It has obviously not been a great season for me so far – I think that was my tenth start compared to last year when I made over 40.

"It's been frustrating but, with the way the lads were playing a while ago when we were unbeaten, I couldn't complain. But the manager is changing things around to try to find a winning formula."



Smith, who only recently recovered from a sprained ankle, is a full-back by trade but concedes he is prepared to consider a permanent change of position if it means playing more regularly.

"It was nice just to get out there," he said. "If the gaffer wants me as a midfielder, I will play there. It would be good to have a spell in the middle – it seems to be one or two games here and there.

"It would be nice to nail down that position. Obviously we have Adam Smith as well so it looks like I'm third choice right-back at the moment – perhaps midfield would be good for me."

Jackett, meanwhile, is hoping Smith kicks-on after his performance against Blackburn and believes the former Swindon man is capable of playing in several different positions.

"Jack is a good pro," he said. "I think there is more to come from him in terms of what he can set up and his play both from the full-back position and the centre of midfield.

"Every time he gets going he seems to pick up an injury. When his opportunity comes, he needs a run at it to nail down a place, which is going to be important for him.

"He had a good game on Sunday and I was very pleased with him."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Smith wants chance to nail down spot in Millwall's midfield

  • March 12, 2013 at 09:10
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    I thought our midfield played really well on Sunday and he was a major part of that. If he has a good game again tomorrow I don't see why he couldn't keep his place. Left's face it, we have been dia in that area lately and the shake-up worked. I know people on this site have given him some stick of late but I think he was superb on Sunday, who knows this could be part of an all new winning formular and he certainly has the right attitude and doesn't go hiding. If only we had someone who could put the ball in the back of the net from six yards instead of over the bar we'd have a place in the semi-final!

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  • March 12, 2013 at 10:56
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    Play like that in the next two games and keep yourself fit til the end of the season you could save us 10 grand a week on another loan mr smith. Very good performance but its needed again tomorrow night. Keep it up smiffy.

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  • March 12, 2013 at 11:35
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    Watch the highlights last night, that is really what we expect from Trotter week in and week out. He had a great game especially on his distribution o the forwards . Maybe if we can get him to grow a beard, we could sell him to Fulham for 2 million.

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  • March 12, 2013 at 12:44
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    So glad Jack got his chance and that he held his nerve and showed that his technical ability makes him an ideal CM playmaker. He now needs to show consistency in that position, and if he does that then no reason why he should not hold the place. I said on a previous post, his ability to switch play when we found ourselves under pressure really helped the team performance, he also played some excelent passes which cut the BB defence in pieces.

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  • March 12, 2013 at 12:59
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    Always liked him he's the sort of player that can do a job in any position when called on. Hope he can get a good run without injury now.

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  • March 12, 2013 at 19:37
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    Prefer smith to that t***** josh wright, he'll never be a Millwall player all the while he has a hole up his a***. Absolute w*****. Only good thing he bought to club was his sister on the odd occasion. Keep him out the team jack you have my support !

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