Tottenham defender Smith keen to extend Millwall loan

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TOTTENHAM right-back Adam Smith has confirmed that he is "definitely interested" in extending his loan spell at Millwall until the end of the season.

Smith is due to return to White Hart Lane on January 31 when his three-month deal with the Lions expires, but manager Kenny Jackett is keen for him to stay longer.

The 21-year-old has made eight consecutive starts since arriving at The Den in November and says he would welcome the opportunity to continue his development at Millwall.

"It's something I would definitely be interested in," Smith told NewsAtDen. "I don't know what Spurs have planned for me in January but when the moment comes, I'll make a decision.

He added: "There's nothing better than playing every week. I'm still quite young so I'm enjoying this experience. I'd definitely be interested in staying."

Smith was speaking after the Lions were beaten 3-0 by Ipswich Town on Saturday, their first defeat in 14 games.

"It's hard to put my finger on what went wrong," he said. "For the first goal, DJ Campbell got between the centre-halves and I was two-against-one, so that was hard to defend.

"The lads are down because we wanted to keep that run going but we can't get too down because we've got another game on Saturday.

"We can't win every game. We're disappointed but we've got to get on with it – that's life."

However, Smith revealed his teammates felt aggrieved at two key decisions that went against them at Portman Road.

Chris Wood's early strike was disallowed for offside before referee Carl Boyeson awarded a penalty in the 64th minute after adjudging that Shane Lowry's handball in the area had been deliberate.

"I thought the penalty was a little bit harsh," Smith said. "Shane just slid and naturally his arms were on the floor.

"Wood's disallowed goal in the first-half was onside – we've all seen it on the laptop – so we didn't get many lucky breaks."

While manager Kenny Jackett voiced his protests at the decision to chalk-off Wood's effort, he had no complaints about the spot-kick, from which Campbell scored the killer third goal.

"I thought it was a penalty," he said. "Those were my first impressions. Shane probably shouldn't have gone on the floor but he thinks it's all or nothing and that the guy is going to shoot.

"Daryl Murphy sucked him in and put him on his backside. If I'm truthful, it was a penalty."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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