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Posted Wednesday, January 31st 2018

Smith happy to help out in defence

Korey Smith says he will continue to give his all if asked to slot into the right-back position to cover Nathan Baker's suspension.

Wth centre-back Baker banned for three games, a reshuffle at the back could be in order starting with City's trip to Bolton Wanderers on Friday night (8pm kick-off).

Naturally a central midfielder, Smith is one City player who has played right-back before, adopting it as his second position.

Discussing the possibility of moving as part of a back four, Smith told BCTV: "I prefer playing in midfield but if I have to I will play right-back to help out the team.

"I’m happy to be out on the pitch playing so I’m grateful to be anywhere on the pitch. The gaffer and I know I prefer to play centre midfield but if I play right-back then I will give 100 per cent and try to play my best."

When asked how he found his abilities as a reserve right-back, Smith added: "I don’t know to be honest. I have been out there at different times in my career, starting in the Norwich reserves.

"I played there for a couple of games and with the gaffer at Oldham Athletic. We had a couple of injuries so I covered at right-back for a few games.

"It’s something I can do if needed and I try my best to do what I can.”

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