Alan Smith relished being part of a more attacking, free-flowing display in the draw with Barnsley on Tuesday evening...
Notts County Player/Coach Alan Smith felt that his side performed with a renewed freedom in battling back from an early goal to claim a valuable point in the 1-1 draw at home to Barnsley.
Smith credits new Manager Ricardo Moniz with helping to ease the pressure on the squad in what is a battle to avoid relegation from Sky Bet League 1 over the remaining few games of the season, and feels that the Dutchman’s methods are already having a positive effect.
“It was enjoyable to play in, that’s for sure,” Smith said after the game at Meadow Lane on Tuesday evening. “It’s getting more and more resolute every week, you could call it, but I think we showed togetherness, belief and an exciting brand of football and I think everyone who was here tonight will have enjoyed themselves.
“I think to be honest, with the chances we created, especially in the second half, we’re unlucky not to come away with three points. It’s always nice sometimes to get your rewards, even though it still feels like a defeat to us because, as I say, the amount of chances we created.
“But I think it’s just nice to see that everyone still believes, I think belief’s a big factor from now until the end of the season,” he added.
“We played free. The Manager said to us go and play like you did when you were young. He wants us to be free and go and play our football and I think that showed tonight.”
Smith also saved special praise for the Meadow Lane crowd, who he said gave the whole team a lift as they pushed for the late equaliser that earned them a deserved share of the points.
“It’s of massive importance and I think sometimes they don’t realise how much we need them,” he continued. “They need us to perform and we need them to help us and tonight they became massively important to us and helped us get that equaliser.”
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