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The Boss: Smith on Bolton win, Jack Grealish class, expecting more, clean sheet and Neil Cutler

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The Boss: Smith on Bolton win, Jack Grealish class, expecting more, clean sheet and Neil Cutler

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following the 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Friday night.

His thoughts are in full below.


On the performance and result...

I thought we were average tonight, to be honest. In the four games we've had so far, I didn't think we were quite as good today.

We got a good win, after a good start. There was another spell in there that really showed me what these players can do when they have a bit of confidence in them.

But we were a bit loose at times and awarded Bolton several big chances.

We were comfortable winners. But I expect more.

On those improvements...

I'm not a fan of four-day build-ups when you play Friday nights.

We'll have a better one for Derby – the weekend off, a double session Tuesday, off Wednesday.

We weren't quite at it in our pressing tonight.

Our spells of domination are getting bigger – that's pleasing and something we can take forward.


On Jack Grealish...

It was great to see Jack making the run we've been working on in training – it was a good slide through by Tammy Abraham. We need to continue getting better at those runs in behind.

Jack's getting those runs into the box and has been doing that the last few games. He controlled the game for long periods.

The energy and distance he covers at high intensity is very good.

He's worked hard and deserved his goal – it was a good finish. I want to see more of it.


On defensive efforts...

I'm pleased for the back five to get another clean sheet today – our second here under me.

It's good for the supporters and we want to make this place a fortress.

Chester has made a great save on the line for us to ensure we've kept that clean sheet.

On expecting fast starts...

It's something we want to do – get off to a quick start and set the tempo of the game.

But we need to press better and not allow the big chances that we gave away.

We need to work harder on turning those clearances into good passes out from the back.


On Neil Cutler joining as goalkeeper coach...

I've worked with Neil in the past, at Walsall.

There was a space available in the goalkeeping department, and I sat down with Christian Purslow and Jesus Garcia Pitarch and gave them names of people I thought could do a really good job for us.

They've done their due diligence and have handled negotiations with West Bromwich Albion very well.

I'm pleased we've got him and that Albion have allowed him to join us. I look forward to working with him again.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 2nd November 2018