Smith: "No excuses" for performance against Huddersfield

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JACK Smith apologised to the 232 Millwall fans that travelled to see their side lose 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, admitting there were "no excuses" for the performance.

The Lions, who have now played seven games in 22 days, looked lacklustre and lethargic against the Terriers on Saturday and fell tamely to defeat.

But Smith refused to attribute the visitors' poor showing to their hectic fixture schedule – a result of the club's run to the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this month.



"They played in midweek as well, so we can't use that as an excuse," he said. "It is well-documented that we've played a lot recently but we're not playing many more games than anyone else.

"There have been one or two extra because of the cup run but we wouldn't swap that for anything. We know it wasn't good enough – we can only apologise and move onto the next game.

"We didn't defend or attack well as a team. It was a poor performance. We gave poor goals away."



But after other results went their way, Millwall can secure their Championship status with victory at The Den against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday and Smith is keen to move on quickly.

The 29-year-old, who has become a regular in Kenny Jackett's midfield, admits he has never known the division to be so competitive and, as a result, is genuinely concerned about relegation.

"It does get spoken about," he said. "From where we were at the turn of the year, in the top six, it's not been a great run in the second half of the season.

"Things have picked up recently but it goes to show how mad the league is that we've got 55 points with four games left and we're still looking over our shoulders.

"Every week the points total we'll need goes up and up – first it was 51, then I thought maybe 53 and now it looks like we could need 58. The gap from the top six to the bottom six is so small.

"If we'd won one or two more games, we would be in touching distance of the play-offs. Everything is so tight and the teams are all pretty similar. It's mad.

"We've got to stick together and focus on Blackburn because three more points and we'd be safe."

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13 thoughts on “Smith: "No excuses" for performance against Huddersfield

  • April 21, 2013 at 22:26
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    Jack smith shouldn't be anywhere near starting cm not if we wanna stay in this league next season too.

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    • April 21, 2013 at 23:20
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      Yeh and get rid of that fcuking beard.

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      • April 22, 2013 at 18:43
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        It's not a beard ....his heads on upside down!

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  • April 22, 2013 at 02:47
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    Half decent full back and that's about it. Tries hard and won't let you down really , but we need someone who is more all round.

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  • April 22, 2013 at 09:13
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    F*** me we're getting harsh on this site ain't we. The bloke misses most of the season, and comes back into the middle, plays four blinders and a couple average and one s***.
    So please tell me with the players available who the hell do we put in the middle tomorrow night.
    Before you get all aggressive, No I don't think he's the answer to our midfield prayers but he came back in and done a great job for about four games. Yes he's now out of his depth but I can't see anyone else to play in the middle.
    No trotter no chaplow and no st ledger, wright? if he was good enough he would already be in. Savile too young and weak from what I've seen. Taylor looked good but unavailable. So who else cause I can't think of anyone. Wether it's right or wrong there's no other option.

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    • April 22, 2013 at 09:57
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      Well said!

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  • April 22, 2013 at 10:18
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    Wright should be starting end of last season when we played the best football I've seen us play since the Cahill reidy ifill Harris and co days was when we had wright and jimmy cms ok we had Kane and keogh working well together but I'd give that a go. 4 blinders is a bit of an exaggeration mate. We are paying josh wright to be at this club so don't ignore him and play someone out of position. We have a lot of players at our club that are overlooked to play someone in there position out of position.
    Play Lowry and beevers lb ahead of Malone. Strikers on the wings ahead of feeney woolford n'guessan Malone and he even plays defenders cm like smith and st ledger ahead of wright saville even abdou at 1 point too. Is madness.

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    • April 22, 2013 at 10:48
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      I hear ya loud and clear cos, it's b***** why does he like moving people around? The best football this season was when we had a settled side. I'm like you cos I'm not into this idea of shuffling the pack in favour of playing people in their right positions and in favour of ready made replacements. Malone has had a bit of criticism on here but for the life of me I can't tell you how many times he's played for us, I think I've seen him twice. KJ makes some very strange decisions, but if we stay up it will be because of him.
      Apologies, j smith had three blinders, both Blackburn games and Leicester. One average Charlton.

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  • April 22, 2013 at 12:18
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    Kj brings in these players to do a job and don't give them the opportunity. For me jack smith is a decent rb infact I'd start him ahead of dunne but that is all. Never a cm. our main problem and reason defence is now making mistakes is cos we constantly give the ball away which puts more pressure on them which after time they will crack. Wright is only cm we have that can pass the ball which I'm pretty sure used to be quite vital for a cm?! And yeah Malone hasn't had many chances at all don't remember seeing him since about October tbh. Very strange. Another Bournemouth flop i guess. He'll be going back part ex plus cash for someone no doubt.

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  • April 22, 2013 at 13:00
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    Yeah maybe, but what's worse is that no one at the club has said anything about him, is he long term injured? Or just rotting in the reserves. Alex Aldridge, do you have any news on Malone, please sir.

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  • April 22, 2013 at 18:45
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    Played for under 21s against the Anoraks today

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    • April 22, 2013 at 19:24
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      Cheers Lincoln

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  • April 22, 2013 at 19:47
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    Wish I didn't have to work 6 days a week I feel sorry they have to play so many games,get real Millwall live in the real world we pay good money for what you think you want to serve up.get it together without us the supporters you wouldn't be doing what you are,there's to many comments coming out and not enough commitment .

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