Defender Smith accepts responsibility for Burnley equaliser

© Brian Tonks
© Brian Tonks

JACK Smith admitted he was at fault for Burnley's equaliser on Saturday.

With Millwall protecting a narrow 2-1 lead over the league leaders, Smith was skinned by Michael Kightly before the winger's shot deflected in off Shane Lowry.

And right back Smith, who was making only his second league start of the season, accepted responsibility for the goal after the game.



"I've held my hands up because I could have done a bit better," he said. "Kightly is a decent player, he's got the better of me once in the game and unluckily they've scored from it.

"It wasn't a great finish – it looked like it was going wide – but Shane didn't know where he was in relation to the goal and where the ball was going so he's just slid and it bobbled in."

The Clarets had looked dead and buried at 2-0 down but Sam Vokes' header in the 39th minute brought them to life and Smith felt that goal was the turning point.



He said: "It seemed quite a soft goal and I don't think they'd really had a chance before. Had we kept it tight for ten minutes and seen it through until half time, with hindsight maybe we'd have won the game.

"The first 35 minutes felt quite comfortable but their goal just before half time gave them a boost. After that it was tough so you could say it was two points dropped or one gained but it's hard to say which.

"It felt like wave after wave of Burnley attacks for 15 minutes or so and they hit the post, so at that stage you're just digging in because you know there are going to be spells when the other team is dominating.

"We stayed strong, came back into it towards the end and had a couple of half chances.

"We have taken three points from our last three games and are unbeaten against three of the most-fancied teams, so we can't be too disappointed."

Smith feared Burnley would snatch a winner late on but was left feeling relieved as the Lions extended their unbeaten run at The Den to four matches.

He added: "Our home form over the past 18 months hasn't been great and you can feel that around the place when the opposition have a spell of pressure – it seems quite nervy and the crowd are quite edgy.

"That probably transmits onto the pitch a little bit. Our clearances sometimes aren't great and that makes it hard for us to get out as a team. The last three or four games at The Den have been better and we need to build on that."

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23 thoughts on “Defender Smith accepts responsibility for Burnley equaliser

  • November 4, 2013 at 08:32
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    It's two points dropped Jack.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 09:19
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    A right back, left back combination.
    Malone and Connolly hurry up back.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 09:28
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    Lowry was at fault for both goals, it was his poor headed clearance that sat up nicely for for Burnleys first goal. As was earlier in the season, schoolboy errors making us lose valuable points.

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    • November 4, 2013 at 10:29
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      @Davey: Not just down to Lowery what was our No 3 doing falling about in the left back position wher the cross was delivered,but yes we could have defended betterbut I think you could say that about every game this season.

      When ever we are trying to defend a lead we never look like we are worried in defence, also on the first goal I am not too sure that Forde covered himself in glory with his feet of clay on the goal line. but 4 weeks ago if I was offered us not losing to these 3 sides I would have bit the hand off who ever offered it.

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      • November 4, 2013 at 16:47
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        @Barnlion: Agree with you about Forde, great shot stopper but not always comfortable when the ball is in the air

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:24
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    I think Lowry had little chance with the second goal, he could have left it but obviously had no idea if there was someone behind him ready to tap it in. The cross really should have been stopped, we should not expect to be dealing with attacks in our 6 yard box.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:32
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    Everyone has got to hold up their hand up and say thats two points lost, it's putting us in the mire again. It's one defeat from the drop zone as I see it. Just not good enough. I make it about seven players who tried to put in a performance, the others were awful, including the subs used

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:35
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    THE TEAM AS AN OVERALL ARE PLAYING WELL THERE JUST MAKING MISTAKES BUT SURELY THESE MISTAKES WILL BENEFIT THE TEAM IN THE LONG RUN AND BRING EXPERIENCE TO THE SQUAD AS A TEAM AS THEY HAVEN'T BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER FOR LONG SURELY WE WILL SEE THE TEAM START HAMMERING SOME SIDES VERY SOON....

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:39
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    For me right back is our weakest spot, but Smith would be my choice over Dunne and PC. I love Dunney, his commitment can't be faulted but I think Smith offers marginally more going forward and is less reckless at the back, both of their positioning qualities are questionable at times. I haven't seen much of PC but what I have seen makes me think he is not much better than what we have and doesn't warrant another contract in a couple months.

    Still, only opinions ain't it..............

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:45
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    Trouble is that it's an opinion shared by most on here including me.
    The other problem is that even assuming we find a good right back, the money and timing are going to hold us back. Feeney's return has presumably scuppered any chance of dosh being spent. Marquis wouldn't have brought in a lot, maybe 100k, but that would have gone towards a defender.
    Personally, I'm just grateful that Berylson is at the helm because with gates of 10k against the top team, we need all the money we can get. We've seen previous investors run for the toilet when they see the books. Peter Unsavoury rings a bell here.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:53
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    I think my Millwall cup is half full rather than half empty after the last 3 games. Games against 3 teams that are well fancied for promotion and in all those 3 games we competed and but for a bit of luck could of one at least one of them if not more. If we continue like this we will definately start shooting up this table soon. Keep the faith ladies and gents. Well done Lions.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 10:54
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    Should read could of won.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 11:10
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    Right back been a proper problem position this season, none of the players used there seem able to do a decent job. Surely there's a young player put there eager to impress at a lower league club, someone like danny senda will do!!

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  • November 4, 2013 at 11:12
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    Also steven Reid at WBA not even getting on the bench for them?

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    • November 4, 2013 at 11:26
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      @dpendet: Mate not sure if he would want to come back, real Millwall great, but looking at the slightly younger Morrison would hardly encourage him to revisit his old stomping ground. What we should be looking for is a long term answer, someone young with ability who wants first team football now (Adam Smith) but that ship has sailed KJ made sure of that.

      If the scouts find one (most doubtful judging by the recent record) we need the money too pay them so "if Derry" is off to Notts County as everyone assumes and some how we can off load Marquis plus those who have already moved there may be something left in JB's coffers to attract and pay for this full back.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 11:53
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    Chelsea striker Bamford is being recalled early from MKDons to be given experience at championship
    Level, he has been scoring goals for fun up there and would be a great if only temporary signing,
    Morison showed a bit more enthusiasm on Saturday but seems reluctant to get in the box,
    Can somebody tell me why David Forde doesn't call for the ball when it's pumped towards the area?,
    Also at the kick-off why is the ball launched up the touchline with absolutely no chance of anybody getting on the end of it ?,
    All in all thing are looking better.

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    • November 4, 2013 at 13:39
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      @wandererwall: Dont see how you think that withthe last two paragraphs of your post wanderwall, but I do agree with your assesment, what we really need is the Millwall to start playing as per like your name mate and we will all be exstatic would you not agree.

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    • November 4, 2013 at 16:32
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      @wandererwall: We don't need another striker. We've got 5, 1 out of position at right wing and 3 on the bench.

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      • November 4, 2013 at 18:11
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        @Alan.F: I'd take Bamford in any case, going to be top class imo.

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  • November 4, 2013 at 14:36
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    Point gained I reckon. We are competing well with the top sides in the division now. Beating sides in bottom half is a must. Lets start next Saturday, COYLLLLLsss

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  • November 4, 2013 at 16:11
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    Always been a big fan of Jack Smith, but Michael Kightly went round him far to easily for the 2nd goal.
    Anyway, no point crying over spilt milk, what's happened has happened and it time to move on and look ahead to Bolton.
    If the lads can raise there game like they have for the last 3 games, don't see any reason why we can't win on sat. Would be nice to keep a clean sheet as well.
    Not asking for much!!

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    • November 4, 2013 at 22:35
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      @wandererwall: @Syd the Lion: trouble with our right backs they do not seem to know how to show an attacking winger the outside they allow these attackers to cut inside far to often then they have a clear run at goal instead of being forced to cross from wide.

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  • November 6, 2013 at 14:07
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    It you all the wages of the right backs we have dunne smith Connelly and now hoyte, we could probably afford glen Johnson !!!

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