‘We need to raise game for final two matches’

Jamie Smith was left disappointed with Wednesday’s second-half display in the defeat at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

Reflecting on the 3-1 reverse, assistant manager Smith, said: “I thought we were well in the game in the first half and controlled it for large spells.

“But I was disappointed with the second half performance. We did still have good chances but showed a lack of concentration with the goals we conceded.

“We haven’t got time to have those lapses in concentration. We have two games left that we have to win.

“We have no choice but to raise our game for the last two matches and we will.”

Our final two games are at home to Forest next Saturday and then a possible ‘winner takes all’ clash with relegation rivals Derby at Pride Park on the last day of the Championship season, May 8.

Derby’s other game is at Swansea next Saturday while Rotherham, with four matches remaining, are at Brentford on Tuesday evening and entertain Blackburn next Saturday, before finishing with away fixtures, at Luton on May 4 and Cardiff on May 8.

Bottom club Wycombe, who now look certainties for the drop, are at home to Bournemouth next Saturday and then at Middlesbrough on May 8.

Tom Lees was stretchered off late in the first half at the Riverside with what looked like a serious ankle injury and Smith said: “He has had an X-ray on his ankle. We don’t think there’s a fracture, which is pleasing.

“In terms of the extent of the damage, we can’t be too sure at this point, so we’ll wait and see.”

With regards to manager Darren Moore, who is recovering from pneumonia after previously contracting Covid-19, Smith said he is improving every day.



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