First Team 1 week ago

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.”

First Team 1 week ago

Internationals: Ten Hornets Called Up

Ten Hornets have been called up by their countries for the October international break.

See below to find out who is in action and when.


Craig Cathcart has been chosen to represent Northern Ireland, who face the Netherlands away on Thursday October 10 at 7.45pm BST in a Euro 2020 qualifier, before facing Czech Republic away in a friendly on Monday October 14 at 6pm BST.

Elsewhere, Ismaïla Sarr has been called up by Senegal, who face Brazil in Singapore on Thursday October 10 at 1pm BST. The match is a warm-up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign which will begin in November.

Roberto Pereyra has been selected by Argentina for two friendly matches. The team face Germany away on Wednesday October 9 at 7.45pm BST and then Ecuador in Alicante, Spain on Sunday October 13 at 3pm BST.

Jamaica have chosen Adrian Mariappa for two CONCACAF Nations League matches against Aruba, on Saturday October 12 at 11pm BST in Jamaica and on Wednesday October 16 at midnight BST in Curacao.

Ben Wilmot, who is on loan at Swansea City, has earned his second call-up to the England Under-21 squad as one of two players brought in due to injuries. The Young Lions face Slovenia away in a friendly on Friday October 11 at 5pm BST, before hosting Austria at Stadium MK on Tuesday October 15 at 7.45pm BST in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier.

Portugal Under-21s have called up Domingos Quina for a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier away match against the Netherlands on Friday October 11 at 6.30pm BST.

Pontus Dahlberg has been selected by Sweden Under-21s for two matches in the same competition. The team are at home to Iceland on Saturday October 12 at 2.45pm BST and then away at Luxembourg on Tuesday October 15 at 6pm BST.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton has been chosen to represent Scotland Under-19s in three UEFA Under-19 Championship qualifying matches. They face Belarus in Greenock on Wednesday October 9 at 7pm BST, Andorra in Dumbarton on Saturday October 12 at 12noon BST and Germany in Glasgow on Tuesday October 15 at 7.05pm BST.

Ryan Cassidy has been called up by the Republic of Ireland Under-19s for two friendly matches against Denmark in Sligo on Friday October 11 at 7.30pm BST and on Monday October 14 at 1pm BST.

Bosun Lawal has been selected by the Republic of Ireland Under-17s for a training camp in Cork and a possible friendly match on Tuesday October 8.