|Smith Back for Oly Whites' Last Friendly|
Fri 20th Jul 2012 01:16 by TWTD.co.uk
Town defender Tommy Smith played the first half of the New Zealand Olympic sideâ€™s 4-2 friendly defeat to the UAE in Austria on Thursday evening. The Blues centre-half missed the two previous warm-up games due to a minor hamstring problem.
The match was the Oly Whitesâ€™ last friendly before London 2012, where they take on Belarus at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on July 26th, Egypt at Old Trafford three days later and Brazil at St James' Park, Newcastle on August 1st.
Coach Neil Emblen says the squad are now focusing on their first match: â€śWe have six days before the opening game, so weâ€™ll have five full days of preparation and will really be able to get into preparing for specific scenarios, which we havenâ€™t really had time to do yet.
â€śWe were lacklustre today, to be fair, and werenâ€™t at the races for periods of the match. We were not brave enough in possession and gave them too much respect off the ball. We didnâ€™t get into them enough.
â€śBut we created a lot of chances and it couldâ€™ve easily been 4-4 or 5-5, it was one of those games. At times it looked as though both teams were already thinking about next week and protecting themselves for their opening match."
Smith will be the first current Town player ever to play in the Olympics.
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