Tommy Smith is determined to improve his final ball and play a big part in helping Huddersfield Town climb the Championship standings.

The 23-year-old Warrington-born defender has featured regularly under new head coach David Wagner and is focused on keeping the shirt.

But he recognises no-one can count on a starting slot and everyone – including himself – must work hard to improve on aspects of the game which Wagner pinpoints as vital.

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“My final ball needs to be better,” said Smith, candidly.

“I’m getting into good positions at times during matches and I need to be picking players out in the final third to help them get a chance at goal.

“Defensively as a team we need to be better, too, and I include myself in that.”

Huddersfield Town v Rotherham Utd. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Tommy Smith.

Smith says he is now playing a different role to that under former boss Chris Powell.

“David Wagner is different to any other manager I’ve had, although I know that’s not a lot in my short career so far, and certainly different to the last one,” said Smith.

“He wants me playing a lot higher up the pitch, which I don’t mind doing, and he’s told me I’m doing well at the minute.

“There are certain things he wants me to work on day by day, and I’m pleased to take those things on board.”

For the team, Smith believes brighter times are just around the corner.

“Since the new boss has been here we are improving as a team and we all honestly believe the points will come as we learn the manager’s way and play it more often,” he said.

“This is a tough league and, on any given day, anyone can beat anyone else, so you have to be ‘at it’ all the time.

“Preston will come and try to make it hard for us, as everyone will do, but it’s up to us to get over that barrier and take the game to them.”