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The Boss: Smith on first loss, set-piece success, defending crosses and Abraham/Adomah injuries

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The Boss: Smith on first loss, set-piece success, defending crosses and Abraham/Adomah injuries

Dean Smith gave his thoughts to Club TV following the 2-1 loss at Norwich City on Tuesday night.

They can be read in full below.

On the game itself...

I thought it was going to be a really good football game, but both sides cancelled each other out and it was a bit scrappy.

We had a good start with the goal, which was good to see because we've been working on our set-pieces.

We had a big chance to make it 2-0 when Tammy Abraham hit the post. I think if we take that, then I think we go on and win the game comfortably.

Without creating too much, I thought we were better on the ball in the second half.

Unfortunately the injuries have hampered us a little bit and they score straight from the set-piece when Abraham comes off – that's usually where he heads it away.

Then for their winner, we should probably stop the cross and defend it better.

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On a rotten five-minute spell in the second half...

We had two go off injured and then conceded a goal. It knocked us back a bit.

But on the whole I think we played ok, and don't feel we deserved to lose the game today.

Norwich can feel fortunate. It was a very even game.

On the good spell following the equaliser...

It was a good period for us. We passed the ball with purpose and got into some good areas.

Our final run and final ball at times is probably what ensured we didn't get the win.

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On the second-half energy levels...

They were better than on Saturday. We were pushing on towards the end and Norwich were holding on.

They were desperate to get over the line – with supporters even holding onto the ball. They just about did it.

On a chance to cap a good week with victory on Friday...

A win on Friday would make for a good six days.

We can't do anything about tonight now – it's all about what we do next.

We've got QPR live on the television again at the end of the week now.

We'll go and recover well and try and be ready for it.

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On the nature of Adomah and Abraham's injuries...

Albert got a knock to the knee and had to come off.

It was a blow, that one, because I thought he was giving their full-back some real trouble.

Tammy's was a knock to the head.

We've lost them, but all in all we've got to do better at defending the crosses.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 23rd October 2018