Ward: Smith must learn from ‘embarrassing’ display

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward hopes young Ipswich Town loanee Tommy Smith will become a better player for his harrowing experience at Yeovil on Saturday.

The 21-year-old New Zealand international has to take a large share of the blame for the Somerset side’s first three goals in the 4-2 defeat, with the usually assured U’s defence putting in a shambolic display.

Colchester have conceded 12 goals in the six games Smith has played.

“Tommy’s an honest young man and I like him to pieces,” said Ward.

“I don’t regret bringing him here at all and Ipswich will benefit from this spell in the long run.

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“He’s not got any excuses. I’ve have to take him out of there in the end (subbed after 75 minutes) just to look after him a bit because he’s stumbling around and it’s a bit embarrassing for the lad.

“Now he’s got a big test to recover from this. I’ll need to take a good look at him through the week and decide whether to pop him back in there next Saturday or not.

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“It won’t do him any harm if he can learn from it. He’s a fine young man, an honest, straight forward guy, and I’m sure he’ll look at his performance very closely.

“In eight, nine, 10 years time he might have played a lot of Championship games and a few more internationals – good luck to him, I hope he does.”

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