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Smith: ‘I’m buzzing’

4 March 2022

After netting his first league goal for Hull City against Peterborough United, Tyler Smith is determined to add to his tally ahead of this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

The 23-year-old was handed his first start since mid-January by Shota Arveladze against Posh, and the striker made the most of his opportunity by scoring the opening goal after 25 minutes.  

“I’m buzzing to be fair,” said Smith. 

“I’ve been working hard behind closed doors, and I was delighted to get my first (league) goal.  

“We were good all over the pitch (against Peterborough). I thought we were dominant throughout and took our chances. In this division, you need to take your chances to win games.  

“We’re full of confidence and head into the weekend hunting for (another) three points. Everyone’s happy and working hard. We’ve won a game but there are many more to come so we’re focusing on the next game and trying to get the win.” 

Smith scored his first goal for the Tigers in January against Everton in the FA Cup but is relieved to have finally opened his account in the Championship after being in and out of the team throughout the campaign. 

“I just needed that first (league) goal,” explained Smith.  

“Hopefully, if I get a run of games in, the goals will come. I’ll always keep working hard to help the team and score goals. I’m feeling fit and strong.” 

Arveladze has a host of attacking options to choose from for this weekend’s game with Tom Eaves, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Marcus Forss all returning from injury, but Smith believes that level of competition only improves him as a player. 

“It’s good to have competition because it makes you perform better,” added Smith. 

“Everyone has to raise their game to start on a Saturday. There are quite a few options, so we have to be bang at it every single day otherwise you don’t play.  

“It’s good to have competition because it means you’ve always got to be bang at it. It just makes everyone perform well and that’s what we need to push up the league.” 

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