WE HAD TO PAY BACKFANS – KOREY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

BRIS­TOL City’s Korey Smith knows the club’s sup­port­ers will be cru­cial in their bat­tle against the drop. That’s why he was happy to help re­fund their tick­ets in mid­week.

City were soundly beaten 5-0 by Pre­ston at Deep­dale, their heav­i­est de­feat for five and a half years.

Mid­fielder Smith tipped his cap to the sup­port­ers who made a 400-mile round trip and be­lieves it was only right the play­ers put their hands in their pock­ets af­ter a dis­mal dis­play.

“Even af­ter such a poor per­for­mance, the fans were amaz­ing on Tues­day and it’s ab­so­lutely cru­cial we have that sup­port,” said Smith, 26.

“They still clapped us off the pitch and I think they know we have to stick to­gether now. They’re go­ing to be ab­so­lutely mas­sive for us in these re­main­ing games.

“We know it was a poor per­for­mance and we feel they de­serve their wel­learned money back.

“We had 312 fans who went all that way on a Tues­day night. They had work the next morn­ing and we didn’t send them home in a good mood.

“We’re not happy about that, so the play­ers are go­ing to re­fund the price of their tick­ets.”

GES­TURE: Korey Smith

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