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Smallwood delighted with execution of game plan

17 March 2022

Captain Richie Smallwood was delighted with how the team executed the game plan in the win against Coventry City.

The 31-year-old opened the scoring for the Tigers after just four minutes before Ryan Longman added a second before half-time. 

“I thought the game plan was spot on,” said Smallwood.  

“We knew we’d get space down the sides. I thought we exploited that really well in the first half on the transition. Keane (Lewis-Potter) was electric again. We got a couple of goals but we could’ve had a few more.  

“The second half was a bit of a tactical change from us. We sat in a little bit more and tried to close the gaps.” 

Smallwood’s early strike was his first goal since the opening day of the season against Preston North End, and set the tone for another impressive performance away from home from the Tigers.  

“I’d just seen the midfield got a bit blindsided so I thought I’d run off the back of him and I knew that George (Honeyman) would see me,” explained Smallwood.  

“I was right in front of him and I’d seen the gap. The defenders were backing off which we knew they did. The conditions were slippy, the pitch was fast, so I thought I should hit it first time, hard and low. Luckily, I did and it went in.  

“To be honest, I didn’t really know what to do (for a celebration). I just did a little jump and a fist pump - it was a bit poor really! They don’t come around too often so I’m not really used to celebrating!” 

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