Smith has plotted a three match unbeaten run since replacing Daniel Farke at Carrow Road, to guide the Canaries back in touch with their relegation rivals.
But it is not just on the pitch where City's squad have impressed their new head coach.
“I looked at the physical data before I got here and I was really happy with where the players were," he said. “When we played Southampton and Wolves, in terms of how much distance we ran and covered, and the same against Newcastle, I didn't need to do double sessions when it came to physical output. It wasn't a case of making the team fitter because they were there already.
"We've done a little bit more classroom sessions, in terms of what we want to do with the coaching, and trying to get the players involved in that as well.
“I don't want to provide information overload. I need to know what the players know, so that we can teach them a little bit more; just in our debriefs and preparations for the games, asking them questions about the tactical side of the game, what they understand and what they don't.
"I obviously can't give away too much, but I have been pleasantly surprised on the tactical side."
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