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Nathan Smith: "I've come on leaps and bounds"

27 November 2018

Nathan Smith has claimed he has 'come on leaps and bounds' following the start of this season and is only looking to improve.

Having been left out for the first time in over 100 games earlier this season, the young defender has once again cemented his place in the Port Vale defensive-line and he has claimed he wants to continue improving, be it in a defnesive three, four or five.

The centre-back looked back on his first post match interview following a fixture with Bradford City, and he has claimed not only has he improved as a player since then, but also as a leader.

He said: "I've come on leaps and bounds, I was a little nervous kid back then - over two years ago now. But if I look back and I think if someone had offered me what I've done from the start of that Bradford game, I definitely would've taken it.

"But I've got to keep learning and building on my own strengths and weaknesses and hopefully I'll go on to play many more games.

"Going out in the first game, I was always concentrating on doing well myself, but as you get older and you get more experience, you learn that you're out there to help others as well. By talking, that definitely helps others around and hopefully makes them play better and makes the team do better."

Smith has admitted that Vale will be out for revenge over Yeovil Town after being knocked out of the FA Cup last season to Tuesday night's opponents.

Having scored a last minute equaliser at Vale Park, Yeovil forced a replay that would eventually go to extra time, however it was the home side who would eventually come out the winners, overcoming Vale 3-2 to progress to the third round of the famous cup competition.

Nathan has admitted he will be looking to get one back on The Glovers, as well as highlighting how important it is to restore their away form.

He said: "They knocked us out of the cup which was a bit of a disappointment, and they went onto play big teams - I think revenge is definitely one of those things we're looking for. A win on Tuesday will suffice for that.

"Through the few seasons I've been here we've not been great away, but this year we've felt solid away at times. We've kept a few clean sheets a few weeks back and I think going away, we stick to the basics, defend well as a team and perhaps work on getting goals from set pieces."


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