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Oldest squad member Smith still learning

Tue 29 Nov 2016

Peterhead goalkeeper Graeme Smith is the most senior member of the Balmoor squad but the 34 year old says he will never be too old to learn.

The Blue Toon number one reviews his performances from game to game in order to improve and stay ahead of Fraser Hobday in the pecking order.

Smith said: "You are only as good as your last game."

"Just recently, I kept three clean sheets from four matches but there is always room for improvement."

"I am one of those guys that likes to look back and try and learn from situations, good and bad.  I am 34 and still learning."

"Yes, you get lads that, I would not say they don't care, but can forget about things from Saturday to Saturday. That is the same with any squad of players though."

The former Kilmarnock and St Johnstone man has been looking over the footage of last weekend's Scottish Cup defeat to Alloa, whose decisive second half goal annoyed him.

Smith's clearance from a Nathan Blockley throw-in landed at the feet of an Alloa player and seconds later, he was picking the ball out of his net as Jamie Longworth's 20 yard shot flew through Fiacre Kelleher's legs and nestled into the bottom corner.

Honest Smith said: "I don't think I should have received the ball initially from the throw-in."

"But having got it, I wanted to make a better connection and it was disappointing it went to an Alloa player."

"We still had a chance to deal with it before the shot came in and the ball went through the legs of one of our defenders and scrambled in."

"I am my biggest critic at the best of times so I will get the video and watch it back."

Smith admits the best way to recover from an early cup exit is to refocus on League 1 duty and pick up three points against Airdrie, a team they defeated earlier this season despite falling behind.

The big goalkeeper continued: "We had a good result down there and we were very comfortable for long periods."

"I remember Airdrie scored against the run of play but we managed to fight back so we will lick our wounds and lift ourselves for Saturday."

By Glenn Moir