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Norwich City's Steven Smith adapting to pace

Steven Smith
Smith has featured three times for City this season

Norwich City full-back Steven Smith insists he will get to grips with the pace of the Championship.

The 25-year-old summer signing from Rangers replaced the injured Adam Drury 58 minutes into the 0-0 draw at table-toppers QPR on Saturday.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "I kept myself warm but you don't really get prepared for the tempo of the match.

"When I went on I struggled a bit but you learn to deal with that and I'm happy we got the clean sheet."

The calf strain that saw Drury limp out the Loftus Road stalemate could mean Smith gets his second Canaries start in Tuesday's visit of Crystal Palace.

The Scot is expecting Palace, who are second from bottom in the table, to arrive at Carrow Road ready to prove their poor start to the season has been out of character.

"They're second bottom in the league but I don't think that really tells the right story," he said.

It all happened that quick that I had to basically deliver her head and his shoulders

Norwich's Steven Smith keeps busy 24 hours after Saturday's game

"It's going to be another difficult game and if you don't approach it right you can come unstuck.

"You have to approach every game like it's QPR or Cardiff and teams like that."

Meanwhile Smith could be forgiven for not putting in the best of performances at the weekend with the imminent birth of his second child playing on his mind.

The day after his outing at Loftus Road he was helping Claire, his girlfriend of seven years, to deliver their baby girl at their home in Norwich.

"It all happened that quick that I had to basically deliver his head and his shoulders," he said.

"The ambulance came and the paramedic did the rest so I'm thankful he came when he did.

"To be fair I didn't really do much, I just stood there and told her to calm down."



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