Smith knows what derby means

Town striker Michael Smith is relishing the local derby

Town striker Michael Smith is relishing the local derby

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

MICHAEL Smith knows exactly what to expect from big derby games but is looking forward to finally playing in one when Town take on Bristol City this weekend.

The tall striker has been a regular in the stands for boyhood club Newcastle’s ferocious clashes with rivals Sunderland and has also witnessed the red hot atmosphere of London derbies when former club Charlton took on Crystal Palace and Millwall.

However, Smith has yet to feature on the pitch in a major derby but is looking forward to his first taste at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

“I’ve been in the stands for Newcastle v Sunderland derbies and also for Charlton v Millwall and Charlton v Palace, so I know all about derbies,” he said.

“I’m dying to play in one now and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a massive game for us and it should be a really good one to play in.

“We need to be consistent and look to start games the way we finished on Tuesday and if we can do that we should be fine.

Smith revealed he has been working on his hold-up play in training, which was much improved during Tuesday night’s loss to the leaders.

“I work on it with Luke (Williams, assistant manager) after most training sessions and before them in the warm-up too so that’s something I’m personally working really hard on,” he said.

“The lads are working as well to try and get in and around me and that showed on Tuesday too.

“This is all experience for me and experience for the lads so we have to take the positives from the second half and move on.”

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6:07am Fri 14 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on?
At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.
Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO. smirg kcab
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12:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.
Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.[/p][/quote]Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means. Swindon1984
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1:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.
Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.
Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good.
Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol
Coymr
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.[/p][/quote]Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.[/p][/quote]Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good. Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol Coymr smirg kcab
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2:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.
Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.
Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good. Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol Coymr
Yeah I see your point, a team should play to their strengths and when you have that sort of height up front it seems crazy not to exploit it. From what I've seen Smith's a decent player, doesn't look like he's really suited to our system though (some would argue neither are the rest of the team)

I'd like to see us pumping crosses into the box far more often with a bloke like Smith in there, put 10-15 crosses in during a game and at least a couple should present a decent opportunity. On top of that, get the ball out wide quicker, and when we do have someone like Pritchard in a wide position, bust a gut to get in the box. I might be oversimplifying but I'm sure if we had Ranger/Smith and N'Guessan up front with someone like Pritchard and Byrne playing wide, chucking balls into the box, we'd score a lot more goals. Just seems sometimes we're complicating the whole process and are worse off for it.

Anyway enough of that boring stuff from me, can't wait for tomorrow now despite current form - fry up in town, train down to Bristol, few ciders on the apple boat, down to ashton gate to see what'll hopefully be a good town display, then back to old town for a few pints with the lads so plenty to be cheerful about. Whatever the outcome I'm determined not to let STFC ruin two of my Saturdays in a row! COYR.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.[/p][/quote]Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.[/p][/quote]Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good. Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol Coymr[/p][/quote]Yeah I see your point, a team should play to their strengths and when you have that sort of height up front it seems crazy not to exploit it. From what I've seen Smith's a decent player, doesn't look like he's really suited to our system though (some would argue neither are the rest of the team) I'd like to see us pumping crosses into the box far more often with a bloke like Smith in there, put 10-15 crosses in during a game and at least a couple should present a decent opportunity. On top of that, get the ball out wide quicker, and when we do have someone like Pritchard in a wide position, bust a gut to get in the box. I might be oversimplifying but I'm sure if we had Ranger/Smith and N'Guessan up front with someone like Pritchard and Byrne playing wide, chucking balls into the box, we'd score a lot more goals. Just seems sometimes we're complicating the whole process and are worse off for it. Anyway enough of that boring stuff from me, can't wait for tomorrow now despite current form - fry up in town, train down to Bristol, few ciders on the apple boat, down to ashton gate to see what'll hopefully be a good town display, then back to old town for a few pints with the lads so plenty to be cheerful about. Whatever the outcome I'm determined not to let STFC ruin two of my Saturdays in a row! COYR. Swindon1984
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4:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.
Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.
Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good. Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol Coymr
Yeah I see your point, a team should play to their strengths and when you have that sort of height up front it seems crazy not to exploit it. From what I've seen Smith's a decent player, doesn't look like he's really suited to our system though (some would argue neither are the rest of the team)

I'd like to see us pumping crosses into the box far more often with a bloke like Smith in there, put 10-15 crosses in during a game and at least a couple should present a decent opportunity. On top of that, get the ball out wide quicker, and when we do have someone like Pritchard in a wide position, bust a gut to get in the box. I might be oversimplifying but I'm sure if we had Ranger/Smith and N'Guessan up front with someone like Pritchard and Byrne playing wide, chucking balls into the box, we'd score a lot more goals. Just seems sometimes we're complicating the whole process and are worse off for it.

Anyway enough of that boring stuff from me, can't wait for tomorrow now despite current form - fry up in town, train down to Bristol, few ciders on the apple boat, down to ashton gate to see what'll hopefully be a good town display, then back to old town for a few pints with the lads so plenty to be cheerful about. Whatever the outcome I'm determined not to let STFC ruin two of my Saturdays in a row! COYR.
Yeah who cares about form both equal sides played bad in some and excellent in others.
Just hope Sam don't score a last gasp cracker like his brother did to us last Saturday (baldock) a good player who IMO should be playing a higher standard.
Police have allocated vshed weatherspoons on the jetty near the town centre.
Have a great day anyway and fingers crossed for the right outcome
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Just a reminder mr smith hope we don't finish like we did against wolves I'm sure we conceded again like we have been doing for weeks late on? At 6/4 should be working on balls in the air IMO.[/p][/quote]Need to get use his aerial presence by getting some decent crosses in definitely - alright the goal Tuesday wasn't a whipped across and headed in type affair but very good delivery to a big target like Smith and he put it away well, showed a good first touch for a big man too. I know you've criticised Smith lately (and he hasn't looked good in every game by any means) but his strike rate so far hasn't been the worst we've ever had by any means.[/p][/quote]Just frustrates me for a big bloke, and yes did tuck his goal away very good. Do it against city for the winner then I will step back lol Coymr[/p][/quote]Yeah I see your point, a team should play to their strengths and when you have that sort of height up front it seems crazy not to exploit it. From what I've seen Smith's a decent player, doesn't look like he's really suited to our system though (some would argue neither are the rest of the team) I'd like to see us pumping crosses into the box far more often with a bloke like Smith in there, put 10-15 crosses in during a game and at least a couple should present a decent opportunity. On top of that, get the ball out wide quicker, and when we do have someone like Pritchard in a wide position, bust a gut to get in the box. I might be oversimplifying but I'm sure if we had Ranger/Smith and N'Guessan up front with someone like Pritchard and Byrne playing wide, chucking balls into the box, we'd score a lot more goals. Just seems sometimes we're complicating the whole process and are worse off for it. Anyway enough of that boring stuff from me, can't wait for tomorrow now despite current form - fry up in town, train down to Bristol, few ciders on the apple boat, down to ashton gate to see what'll hopefully be a good town display, then back to old town for a few pints with the lads so plenty to be cheerful about. Whatever the outcome I'm determined not to let STFC ruin two of my Saturdays in a row! COYR.[/p][/quote]Yeah who cares about form both equal sides played bad in some and excellent in others. Just hope Sam don't score a last gasp cracker like his brother did to us last Saturday (baldock) a good player who IMO should be playing a higher standard. Police have allocated vshed weatherspoons on the jetty near the town centre. Have a great day anyway and fingers crossed for the right outcome smirg kcab
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