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Smith: We must play without fear

5 April 2013

Goalkeeper says Blues must not be fazed by coming up against higher opposition

Paul Smith feels the club can go into this Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with “no fear” as Blues look to bring silverware to Roots Hall.

The goalkeeper has been a regular in the side this season and believes that although Crewe are a League 1 side, there’s no reason why Blues can’t defeat them.

“Although Crewe are a league higher, we’ve beaten sides in higher leagues such as Brentford and Orient so we can go into the game with no fear,” Smith said.

“They’re a good side but we’ve beaten some good sides this year and I see no reason why we can’t claim another scalp.

The 33-year-old has made over 250 appearances in his footballing career but admits that Sunday’s game will be the biggest of his life.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to go to Wembley before,” Paul said.  

“It’s a massive game for me personally, to walk out at Wembley, not many players can say they have done that, especially in League 2. It’ll easily be the highest profile game I’ve been involved in,” the former Nottingham Forest man added.

“The preparation is good, everyone’s excited and we even got the new balls out today!”

Smith praised his team mates for putting in extra hours on the pitch to build fitness and to improve on their game as the big day approaches.

“We have a good bunch of lads who work hard here.   There are about a dozen of the lads still on the training ground working on a few things.  You can see the boys want to improve and make sure we get the win.

“It is just another game but it’s a big one. We’ve had our suits tried on and the excitement is building. I have a few family and friends that are looking forward to coming.”

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