Smith praises style of play at the County Ground

Swindon Advertiser: Michael Smith Michael Smith

WHEN Michael Smith pitched up to his first Swindon Town training session on Thursday it was like Gulliver landing on Lilliput, but the Robins’ latest recruit has quickly learnt that what his new teammates lack in height they make up for in skill on the ball.

At six foot, four inches, Smith towers over a number of his diminutive colleagues but the signing from Charlton stressed in his first interview with the local media that his game is not based purely around his strength in the air.

The 22-year-old likes to think he can fit in with the Tiki-taka philosophy adopted by Swindon under manager Mark Cooper this season, saying: “I’ve noticed it’s not the tallest team in the world so I can bring height but I like to link up so hopefully I can bring something to the play.

“There are a few small lads but they’ve got so much ability that the height doesn’t really matter.

“I’ve always learnt that when you play with better players you get better yourself.

“I played in League One last year with Colchester and it is a step up from League Two but I think I can manage it.”

While Town have been monitoring Smith for several months, the striker only learnt of serious interest in him from Swindon on Monday.

By Tuesday evening he was a fully-fledged Robin and he can’t wait to get his teeth stuck into life in Wiltshire.

“Last week I got a phone call off my agent saying there was interest but I didn’t really find out it was serious until Monday. I got a phone call off the manager and it kicked on from there,” he said.

“I know the manager from my time at Darlington and it makes me settle in more. It’s easier to get to know everyone knowing how the manager works.

“I know it’s a massive club, I know it was in the Premier League at one time. I know it’s got a big fan base as well, it’s a big club and I want to play for a big club.

“I spoke to Danny Hollands, who was here last year, and Callum Kennedy, who was at Wimbledon with me, and they’ve all got nice things to say about the club.

“I’m match fit. I played for Charlton under 21s last Monday coming off the back of six months with Wimbledon so I’m ready to go.”

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8:06am Fri 24 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

Will be good to have some height up front.

Interesting how former players give a good reference for the Club. Nice, but not sure how valid that would be with such a high turnover of personnel in recent times. Must be us fans they're referring to :)
Will be good to have some height up front. Interesting how former players give a good reference for the Club. Nice, but not sure how valid that would be with such a high turnover of personnel in recent times. Must be us fans they're referring to :) mancrobin

8:09am Fri 24 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

Sounds like a good signing. Gulliver/Lilliput? Got to say that was a painful simile - worthy of Alan Pritchard ;-)
Sounds like a good signing. Gulliver/Lilliput? Got to say that was a painful simile - worthy of Alan Pritchard ;-) Swindon1984

9:24am Fri 24 Jan 14

umpcah says...

So Smithy likes the way Town play. To me that`s biggering about and letting the opposition get set ready to cope with our attacks ! Not to mention throwing in a few lapses at the back ! Roll on tomorrow !
So Smithy likes the way Town play. To me that`s biggering about and letting the opposition get set ready to cope with our attacks ! Not to mention throwing in a few lapses at the back ! Roll on tomorrow ! umpcah

10:19am Fri 24 Jan 14

stfcflag says...

'fit in with the Tiki-taka philosophy' = Tippy tappy through the middle without much width

Will be good to have some strength and pace up front as a back up to Ranger who whilst he can play when he wants doesn't seem to want ...

Welcome to the club, am very pleased to have you here, hope we get some crosses in for you aswell as playing the tiki-taka philosophy
'fit in with the Tiki-taka philosophy' = Tippy tappy through the middle without much width Will be good to have some strength and pace up front as a back up to Ranger who whilst he can play when he wants doesn't seem to want ... Welcome to the club, am very pleased to have you here, hope we get some crosses in for you aswell as playing the tiki-taka philosophy stfcflag

5:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

I might have a tiki-taka with mushroom rice, keema naan and popadoms
Better than a tarka dall as that is a little otter
I might have a tiki-taka with mushroom rice, keema naan and popadoms Better than a tarka dall as that is a little otter smirg kcab

7:13pm Fri 24 Jan 14

melnursesear. says...

Massive club..? They all say that..Who does he think he,s signed for ?..Nice middle sized club..like so many others that shoots itself collectively in the foot..Just when you think things are going well..! Oh well three points in the swimming pool against the Shrews tomorrow...Upwards and onwards..
Massive club..? They all say that..Who does he think he,s signed for ?..Nice middle sized club..like so many others that shoots itself collectively in the foot..Just when you think things are going well..! Oh well three points in the swimming pool against the Shrews tomorrow...Upwards and onwards.. melnursesear.

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