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GAFFER SINGS SMITH'S PRAISES

Posted on: Sat 25 Apr 2009

GOLDEN boy Tommy Smith made his 300th appearance for Watford against Coventry today (Saturday) and celebrated the anniversary with his 17th goal of this campaign.

"Tommy's a man for every season" commented Brendan Rodgers when asked about his qualities.

"If it's hot, he plays and gives his all, if it's cold in the depths of winter, he gives his all. On a lovely day on a lovely pitch he does the same. When he's injured like today, he does the same.

"He got a bad knock on his ankle and where nine out of 10 players would have gone off, he kept playing.

"I think it was why the penalty kick wasn't as clear as he would've normally kicked. In training he always hits them and the goalies get nowhere near, so I think that knock is what hampered his kick."

Tommy Smith
RODGERS: "Tommy's a man for every season"

Smith graduated through the ranks at Watford and in Rodgers' eyes he is a great role model for the rest of the players.

He added: "I think he is a wonderful advert for Watford Football Club, he's a good guy and works well every day.

"I had to say to him at half time as well as the others, 'you need to do more my friend'.

"What a great way for him to celebrate his 300th game, I'm delighted for him because you realise how good he is when you work with him, and I know that now."

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