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The Boss: Smith on controversial equaliser, six matches unbeaten, El Ghazi, fearing no one and Grealish/Taylor injuries

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The Boss: Smith on controversial equaliser, six matches unbeaten, El Ghazi, fearing no one and Grealish/Taylor injuries
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Dean Smith spoke to Club TV after the controversial 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

His thoughts are in full below.

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On the result and the late controversy...

It should be five wins out of six for us – everybody knows it, even the Albion fans.

He's handballed it into the net. It's not his fault. The officials have to be seeing that.

Unfortunately they didn't and it's cost us two points today. It goes to show you're not always in control of your results.

On the first half...

I wasn't overly happy with our first-half performance – it was ok at best. We were a bit loose and didn't press as well as we could have.

We had a couple of spells of pressure and scored a goal that had a touch of fortune about it.

They got back into it through a counter attack that should've been stopped. We knew they were strong in that area.

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On the second period...

They started it a bit better, but it was an improved performance.

We got into the game and looked a threat every time we broke.

Anwar El Ghazi scores a great goal and we should've taken a few more of our chances and put the game to bed.

On the feeling in the dressing room...

It feels like two points have been taken away from us.

But our performance levels are up there. We've gone toe-to-toe with a club that dropped out of the Premier League last year.

We've created the better chances today and should be walking away with all three points.

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On Anwar El Ghazi...

I'm really pleased with how he's progressing.

He's doing well and long may it continue.

He'll also be the first to admit there's a real togetherness about this team. You can see that out there when they celebrate together.

You can see they're willing to put a shift in for each other. When you add to that the quality we have – you can go on big runs in this league.

On an unbeaten streak of six matches...

There's lots of positives. We've had a tough run of fixtures on paper. The lads are playing really well and fear no one.

We have to keep coming to places like this and being as aggressive as we were second half.

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On Neil Taylor and Jack Grealish injuries...

Taylor picked up a hamstring injury and will have to have some treatment on that now for the next few weeks.

We'll have to assess fully but it's a hamstring injury.

Grealish has had a sore shin for the last few weeks and has been getting through it.

Today, he couldn't quite make it to the end.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 7th December 2018