MICHAEL Smith is hopeful he’ll be able to win his County Ground critics over but if he can’t he’s determined the boo boys won’t affect his mental state.
The striker, signed from Charlton Athletic for an initial £100,000 in January, scored a 93rd-minute winner at Coventry City on Good Friday, as the Robins beat their Midlands hosts 2-1.
It was the frontman’s seventh goal in 17 appearances since joining Town but he has still yet to endear himself to sections of the club’s crowd following a handful of nervous performances, during which his first touch has on occasion deserted him.
Regardless, Smith has pledged to improve every aspect of his game during his time with Town and he is keen to show his doubters and detractors his determination to succeed.
He told the Advertiser: “You’re going to get boo boys wherever you go, football is all about opinions, as long as I keep working hard and giving 100 per cent on the pitch hopefully I’ll win them round. If not, it doesn’t affect me.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard and working on certain aspects of my game, which I am doing in training. Hopefully I’ll win them over but it’s not going to affect me one bit if I don’t.”
With three games of the season remaining, Swindon still have an outside shot of making the League One play-offs.
They require Peterborough United to lose two of their matches and the Robins must take maximum points from their own, but Smith stressed that he and his teammates feel absolutely no pressure at present - a situation in which they appear to thrive.
“Everyone’s buzzing with the win (at Coventry) but with Monday, with the way it’s been recently, we’ve got no pressure.
“Everything is on Peterborough,” he said.
“There are three games to go now and anything can happen in football - we’ve seen it before - hopefully we can get the win on Monday and then kick on in the last two.
“I’ve watched Bradford. They’ve got (James) Hanson up front and he’s a massive handful but with the way we play football hopefully we’ll beat them on the day.
“We’ve got big lads - we’ve got Jack (Stephens), Troy (Archibald-Henville), we can give it as much as we get it so I’m looking forward to it.”