Smalling admits he has been frustrated by the Reds' inconsistent form and has vowed that the club will bounce back stronger from a difficult season.
"It's a strange feeling for a lot of us to be in the position that we find ourselves in," he told Inside United. "Even before I joined, and since I've been here, we've always been competing at the top of the league.
"Whenever we've made progress this season, we've not followed it up in the next two or three games, which has been disappointing. That has hurt us. I know how much the fans are hurting and we're hurting as well."
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