By Declan Hughes
Lewis Smith has hailed Accies’ teamwork as the pivotal factor which delivered the three points in last night’s victory over Queen of the South.
The winger played a significant role in the match, capping off an impressive individual display with a through ball which led to the only goal of the game.
A delighted Smith said: “It was a really good team performance, especially in the first half, we created a lot of chances. In the second half, the game became scrappy, but we stuck at the task at hand, worked hard and we got what we deserved in the end.”
It was the winger’s desire and vision that carved out the best opportunity of the game. His superb through ball released Josh Mullin through one-on-one with the opposition keeper, sending his strike goal-bound, when Andy Ryan nicked in at the last second to assure the ball hit the back of the net.
Smith added: “At half time, the gaffer instructed us to keep the high intensity up, remain calm and to persist with the game plan and that the goal would come. I think we did that well and thankfully we got the goal.”
Boyhood Accies fan, Smith, shone particularly well with his intent to drive from deep with the ball and help advance his team-mates up the park, demonstrating his great trickery and turn of pace.
Smith gave credit to Head Coach Stuart Taylor and the club’s coaches for their words of encouragement in training.
He said: “The gaffer, Beuzy, George and Pottsy are always telling me to take people on and they have given me a lot of confidence to do that, even if I lose the ball at times, to just remain confident to keep doing it – so a lot of credit has to go to them for that.”
Despite being denied of a great assist at the last moment, the creative winger does not lack in hunger when it comes to his targets for goals and goal contributions for the rest of the season.
Smith stated: “At the start of the season you just want to get as many goals and assists as you can, which I haven’t done enough of this season, but hopefully I can kick on now and make it something which I can offer a lot more of.”
Smith and the rest of the Accies squad travel to Cappielow Park this weekend for their next match against Greenock Morton. Accies starlet, Smith, spoke on the importance of grabbing the three points and taking the good momentum into November, which looks to be another busy month for the team.
He said: “It was a disappointing result last time against them, so we are motivated and keen to go to their pitch and take all three points.”