SWINDON TOWN: Smith hoping to benefit from creative midfield

Michael Smith, left

Michael Smith, left

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

MICHAEL Smith is hoping that there will be plenty more goals in him once the season gets underway.

The former Charlton striker has netted five times for Swindon Town this summer, the latest coming in the 2-1 friendly loss to Leeds United on Tuesday night.

And while Town are lacking the creativity of an Alex Pritchard this term, the 22-year-old believes that there is more than enough quality in the side to help get the strikers firing.

“It feels quite similar to last season, we are keeping the ball well, we have got some good players in the midfield,” Smith said.

“With Louis (Thompson), Mass (Luongo) and Yaser (Kasim) we are always going to have a lot of possession and hopefully we can create a lot of chances and score a few goals.”

Swindon have arranged another friendly against an Aston Villa XI this weekend and Smith says that he is going into the new campaign full of confidence.

“The boys are looking sharp in training, I think one more game would top it off, but if it ended after that (Leeds match) I think we will go into the season looking well,” the striker said.

“One more game would be ideal - you can’t get that (match sharpness) in training, it is all about playing matches.

“It always nice going into the season getting a few goals and long may it continue into the season.

“I have got confidence in my own ability, I know that if I keep working hard in training, it will turn out right on the matchdays.”

Smith is also looking forward to working alongside Andy Williams, as the former Yeovil forward is fit again following a long-term knee injury.

“We’ve got Andy back from injury that is like a new signing,” Smith said. “We are quite similar, we work our socks off together.

“I think the more games we work together it will show. We are both big lads, we can put a shift in and batter defences down and get the goals.”

With fitness being key to pre-season, Town have given all their players special heart-rate monitor watches and Smith says that it has been a benefit in their preparation for the new League One campaign.

“We have got these watches, with our heart rates on, even if you don’t get enough minutes in the matches then you have got to do running afterwards,” he said.

“It gets easier, much easier. The fitness that you do in training is what you need for competitive matches.”

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6:53am Thu 31 Jul 14

We are PANTS says...

Good luck to Smith and Williams this season. With a little bit of luck and the goalposts being a bit flexible they could end up with 40 goals this season.. 20 from the middle and 10 from the back will give us a fighting chance... Bring on the Scunny......
Good luck to Smith and Williams this season. With a little bit of luck and the goalposts being a bit flexible they could end up with 40 goals this season.. 20 from the middle and 10 from the back will give us a fighting chance... Bring on the Scunny...... We are PANTS
  • Score: 8

7:05am Thu 31 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

We are PANTS wrote:
Good luck to Smith and Williams this season. With a little bit of luck and the goalposts being a bit flexible they could end up with 40 goals this season.. 20 from the middle and 10 from the back will give us a fighting chance... Bring on the Scunny......
Blimey! First vanishing spray and now flexible goalposts? Those old devils at FIFA are clearly more revolutionary than any of us thought.
[quote][p][bold]We are PANTS[/bold] wrote: Good luck to Smith and Williams this season. With a little bit of luck and the goalposts being a bit flexible they could end up with 40 goals this season.. 20 from the middle and 10 from the back will give us a fighting chance... Bring on the Scunny......[/p][/quote]Blimey! First vanishing spray and now flexible goalposts? Those old devils at FIFA are clearly more revolutionary than any of us thought. Oi Den!
  • Score: 9

11:31am Thu 31 Jul 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

I like Smith.
Typical honest and down to earth North East lad.
Hope the fans get off his back and get behind him instead. Hopeful the goals will follow.
Without an out and out winger he will have a lot to do in and around the box with his back to goal.
I like Smith. Typical honest and down to earth North East lad. Hope the fans get off his back and get behind him instead. Hopeful the goals will follow. Without an out and out winger he will have a lot to do in and around the box with his back to goal. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 12

7:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mancrobin says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
I like Smith.
Typical honest and down to earth North East lad.
Hope the fans get off his back and get behind him instead. Hopeful the goals will follow.
Without an out and out winger he will have a lot to do in and around the box with his back to goal.
Yes, agree with that Duke. Please see my witterings about crosses on the other thread.

You have to play to your strengths sometime, rather than purest philosophies. Both have their place.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: I like Smith. Typical honest and down to earth North East lad. Hope the fans get off his back and get behind him instead. Hopeful the goals will follow. Without an out and out winger he will have a lot to do in and around the box with his back to goal.[/p][/quote]Yes, agree with that Duke. Please see my witterings about crosses on the other thread. You have to play to your strengths sometime, rather than purest philosophies. Both have their place. mancrobin
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