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Smith Hungry For Another Chance

Youngster looking forward to Checkatrade Trophy contest

22 January 2019

Dan Smith
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

He provided an assist on his Blues debut to help them reach the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

And Dan Smith is hoping to be handed another opportunity to impress when they host Peterborough for a place in the last four this evening (7pm kick-off).

The versatile teenager has impressed as a forward during loan spells at Bognor this term, but was used as a right-back at Southend in the last round.

That did not stop him providing the cross for Louis Dennis’ opener in a 2-0 victory, however, and Smith is hungry for more time on the pitch for Pompey.

He said: “This competition gives an opportunity to a few of the lads and I’m really looking forward to the chance to get out there again.

“The lads are starting to talk about Wembley a bit now, so obviously everyone’s up for it. It would definitely be an experience.

"I’ve had conversations with the manager about where he sees me playing and I don’t think anything’s been set yet."

Dan Smith

“I’ve been on the bench a couple of times in the competition and was injured before that, so didn’t really get a look in.

“But I enjoyed the Southend match and it was nice to get an assist to help the team, while also keeping a clean sheet in an unfamiliar position for me.

“I’ve had conversations with the manager about where he sees me playing and I don’t think anything’s been set yet.

“I was at right-back a couple of times in pre-season and did alright there, although my defensive play is probably a bit weak.”

Smith believes his experience of non-league football means he has become a better player during the campaign.

He said: “I was in really good form for Bognor and it’s helped me massively, especially with Blakey (Robbie Blake) there.

“It’s really shown me what men’s football is all about and my hold-up play has improved, while I’ve become more clinical.”


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