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Smallwood: 'We’re Looking Forward To It'

17 September 2021

Richie Smallwood says the team are looking forward to testing themselves against Sheffield United at the MKM Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers are set to play in front of their own supporters for the first time since the international break as they look to respond to their defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in midweek.

“It’ll be a good game,” said the midfielder.

“They’ve not been on the best of runs to start the season.

“They had a good result at the weekend (against Peterborough) but before then, I think they were still coming to terms with the new style of play under the new management.

“It’s a good test for us and we’re looking forward to it.

“I know we were beaten at Blackburn but there’s still a little bit of confidence there.

“We know that if we keep working hard trying to do the right things, eventually it’s going to come together.

“Hopefully that’s on Saturday.”

Prior to Blackburn, the Tigers had shown their defensive resolve to pick up back-to-back clean sheets against Bournemouth and Swansea City.

However, it’s in the final third where the Tigers are working hard to improve, having not scored in the Championship since the opening day win against Preston North End.

“I can’t really put my finger on it but we know the quality is there,” Smallwood commented on the team’s recent struggles in the final third.

“I think if we keep working hard and keep trying to do the right things, it’ll come.

“I know Mallik (Wilks) hasn’t had much game time this season so I think he’s getting back up to speed but we know the quality he’s got and he’s a big player for us.

“Once we get him firing on all cylinders, he’ll make a big impact.

“We’re still trying to do the right things, but it’s just not coming off at the minute.

“I’m sure if we keep working and looking out for each other, then it’ll all click.”

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