Smith: “If One Goes In, It’s A Different Story”
Tommy Smith knows just how challenging the Premier League can be, having plied his trade in the top flight for the Hornets in 2005/06, and thinks there are positives to take from Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Sheffield United.
“It’s not easy to play against Sheffield United with the way they play, they revolve their positions very well,” Smith told Added Time. “So it’s something new, it’s a very different system to what you’re used to, it was never going to be easy.
“But there were three great chances, if one of them goes in we’re talking about a different story. At the end of the day, we’d be talking about three points and it’s fantastic. That’s the Premier League, it’s tough.”
Smith scored plenty of goals in his time at Vicarage Road but, like all players, there have been chances he hasn’t taken too, and the former Hornets forward knows even the best players miss sometimes.
“As a forward you’re always a bit more critical of people that play in your position. It’s easy when you’re in the stand watching,” he said. “You always put yourself in their boots and I know what it’s like, I missed absolute sitters when I played, you miss one-on-ones and you don’t do it on purpose.
“I’m not going to be overly critical. I’m sure they will be of themselves, but it happens, you’ve just got to make sure you put that away and the next one that comes along you do score.
“For someone like Danny Welbeck who needs minutes, everything is important for him at the moment. I think if he gets that chance in two weeks’ time when he’s played a bit more football, I’m sure he’s going to be scoring it.”
The upcoming international break has come at the right time in Smith’s opinion, as it offers an opportunity for Quique Sánchez Flores and his players to concentrate on getting to grips with their new system.
“The squad is better than the performances and the points they’ve got on the table at the moment,” said Smith. “But it’s still early, a new manager’s come in, so there are going to be some new ideas they’re going to have to take on and put into practice.
“Getting two weeks off now is probably quite a good thing with the players that are staying, getting to work with the manager and getting to know each other a bit better to try to implement that.
“I’m sure with the players and experience we’ve got, it won’t be easy, but there’s a long way to go so I’m sure they’ll work their way back up the table with the quality they’ve got.”