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Andy Smith Pre-Gillingham

16 September 2016

Andy Smith looks back on Port Vale’s away draw with Peterborough United last weekend as a positive performance.

The Northern Irishman spoke exclusively to Valiant PlayerHD mid-week. 

What impressed Smith so much was their attitude, when the game seemed to have escaped their clutches with only six minutes left.

He said: “The boys conducted themselves extremely well. There are a lot of positives to take from that game, and hopefully we can carry that momentum into Saturday’s game.”

A couple of performances that stood out amongst the Vale squad were those of Birmingham City loanee Alex Jones, and the experienced Jerome Thomas.

Jones grabbed himself two more goals in a Vale shirt and Smith is delighted with his attitude: 

“He’s doing a fantastic job, so professional. He’s a young lad who wants to play football no matter what position it is. 

“He goes out there and gives his all and he’s expressing himself whilst doing so.”

On the other hand, Jerome Thomas who is one of the more experienced players in the squad, is offering his wealth of knowledge to a very much foreign Port Vale outfit:

“Jerome has been a great professional, he wants to go out there and he’s still learning from the gaffer, along with everyone else. 

“He brings in a wealth of experience, starting from the top level, and he just does what he does.

“He’s a very talented footballer who could play at a higher level as everyone knows, and we’re very lucky to have him here and he’s doing very good at this moment in time,” he added.

With the Gillingham fixture looming, the 35-year old first team coach knows what to expect from the visitors:

“It will be a tough game. They have some good players with a lot of experience, which make them a good side. 

“We will have to be on our game, because we know that they will be coming here looking to pick up some points, and I’m sure they will make it difficult for us.”


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