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The Boss: Smith on defeat, goals conceded, Ramsey wildcard, McGinn suspension and Kalinic injury

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The Boss: Smith on defeat, goals conceded, Ramsey wildcard, McGinn suspension and Kalinic injury

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following the 2-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

His thoughts are in full below.

On the result...

It's a difficult one to take because I thought we started the game well.

We've had a big chance with Tammy Abraham, and they were at a premium after that.

We showed commitment, tried to press the ball and win it back high. There wasn't too much in the game if I'm honest.


On the goals conceded...

We switch off from the throw-in, they take it quickly and they glance one in. They then get the second pretty quickly.

It's our reaction from that that's a little disappointing.

We go chasing on our own when we've had good balance and organisation about us. Our wide players went deeper and Albion started having more of the ball.

We then make a mistake, give the ball away and Rodriguez scores off the post.

I asked them at half-time why we stopped doing what we do because they've scored.

On the second half...

We had a lot of ball but never the quality in the final third.

They sat deep and made it difficult. They showed no intent to go forward and were prepared to sit on a two-goal lead.

We couldn't open them up and get back into it.


On trying to change the game...

We made some changes. We brought Jacob Ramsey on, who's a really bright player.

Jonathan Kodjia then allowed us to go two up front.

But we just never got enough quality into the box. We feel a bit hard done by because there was nothing in the game today. We didn't deserve to lose by two goals.

But that's the way it's going at the minute. We're giving too many away and it's cost us.


On a difficult period...

We have to try and lift them.

Unfortunately we lose John McGinn now to 10 yellow cards.

The consistency of the cautions was there for all to see today.

We've got another game against Stoke City now. We've got to kick-start a run where we go and get seven or nine points.

That was the aim this week and unfortunately we only got one. It's a lot of ifs, buts and maybes at the moment.

On Lovre Kalinic...

He got a whack on the head.

He's come from a league where the goalkeepers are a lot more protected than they are here.

He's caught one on the head and suffered a bit of dizziness, so we've had to bring him off.

I don't think it'll be one that keeps him out for long, but I need to speak with the medical team.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 16th February 2019