We got the thoughts of goal scoring centre-back Chris Smith after Saturday’s key Skrill Premier victory against Macclesfield Town at The Shay:
“Yeah it was tough, I don’t think we were at our best today, a little bit leggy we looked but it is sign of a good side when you don’t play your best and get the win and two set pieces sometimes you win games you lose games from them, just happy we won the game today.”
The three points has sent the Shaymen into third place in the table after a ten game unbeaten run:
“It’s massive the belief and confidence anyway as an individual and as a team if you are on form and you know you can go on a beat anyone and that is the belief we have got. It is the right side because you would rather have this at the end of the season rather than the start of the season especially when we are playing for something so big.”
Smith talks us through what it has been like getting into the starting eleven and giving his all for Town:
“It’s been tough to be honest because Tuesday I think I done well but my legs were tired a bit today and I think that showed a bit today. I was struggling a bit today as well because I got my stud stuck in a big hole on the pitch so my ankle is a bit sore but no we will take that.”
The goal that was scored by Scott Boden just shy of half-time was the first goal Town had conceded in eight matches, Smith was not happy at how it went in:
“We were a bit disappoint with the goal we conceded and the manner in which we conceded it but a win is a win and we defended solidly in the end, the back four and the keeper done well again so yeah the gaffer made a joke that we need to work on the defence because we conceded a goal but it is what it is and I can only play as well as I can and it is down to the gaffer to play me or not play me and we shall see how it is.
“That was the disappointing thing because I think Lowe slipped then they had a runner and if Lowe hadn’t of slipped he would have been there you know with a couple of minutes to go in the first half to concede a goal like that it is disappointing but they are a good side and you can’t take anything away from them. A win is a win I would take 5-4 today!”
Both goals scored by Smith and Marc Roberts were as a result of knocked back headers from Simon Ainge, Smith said the Shaymen were optimistic from the off:
“We fancied ourselves today because it was Robbo me and Aingie, we kept trying to switch it up who would win the first header to obviously try not be selfish and set someone up so it was a great header from Aingie and I just closed my eyes… (laughs) no it was sweet really, six or seven yards out I hit it in and Robbo’s was just as good to be honest, so it is nice for the centre-halves to score and take the pressure off of Greggers for a bit.
“I think with the delivery that we have got we are always going to create chances you know, Robbo is tremendous at attacking the ball in the box and if he is not he is taking a man away for me or Ainge to try and set one of the other lads up, sometimes it’s not always about the first ball it is about the second ball and that is how both goals were scored today.
“It is not something we plan to hit the back stick, it is just we cover areas and we look to try and win that second ball.”
The Shaymen play again Easter Monday when they travel to Southport, Smith has told us what he will do in the meantime:
“Sleep… Sleep! I will probably go on a little jog tomorrow (Easter Sunday) a little bit of a loosener, a cold bath ice ready for Monday where it will be tough game because they are putting together a bit of form as well.”
Southport having picked up a draw at play-off hopefuls Gateshead on Good Friday will have had an extra day’s rest but Smith says they will go for the victory:
“We are going to go there looking for a win, they are putting together a bit of form but so are we, it is a tough place to go to but play like we can do and take the three points or a point if not.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen Player now.
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