AFTER scoring his goal of the campaign in Tuesday night’s defeat to Brighton, Louis Thompson insists he does not care about who gets them as long as Town win.
The 19-year-old raced on to Massimo Luongo pass and fired a low shot past Casper Ankergren in the Seagull’s goal to give Town parity just moments into the second half. In the end, despite a wonderful performance, Town fell short against the Championship side, who exploited injuries and their host’s adventure to win 4-2 in extra time.
Yaser Kasim got his second of the season in that extra half hour, which when combined with Luongo’s opening day effort and Thompson’s strike means Town’s midfielders have contributed four goal already this season. Strikers Michael Smith and Andy Williams have six between them providing a healthy ratio between those up front and in the midfield.
Thompson says it is important goals come from everywhere if Swindon are to make the push for promotion this season their football has shown them capable of.
“As long as the boys are winning, I don’t really mind if I’m scoring or somebody else is. Of course it’s nice feeling to score but I’m just happy to contribute to the team,” said the Town youngster.
“I haven’t really set myself a target of how many goals I want to get to, but I’ll keep getting in the box and get goals and help the team out. I think that takes a little bit of pressure off the strikers who I think have been fantastic this year.
“It’s difficult if there’s two strikers in there and four defenders each time. I think the midfield runners are important. You see Massimo (Luongo) get a couple, Yaser’s got a couple now as well. Goals are coming from everywhere and I think that will be massively important in the long run for this season.
“If one striker’s scoring he’ll soon enough be sold and you’re back to square one. I think to spread it creates different threats from all over the pitch. I think the boys can take great heart from that (a spread of goals) and I think the fans can’t get on to us at all.”
Louis’ brother Nathan was the unfortunate victim of Town’s desite to score as he saw red on Tuesday for conceding the final-action penalty that added gloss to the scoreline for Brighton. The Swindon captain’s younger brother was quick to defend his sibling from any criticism post-match.
“It’s always going to happen when you push everybody forward. He’s desperate to make the challenge to keep us in the game,” adding, “I don’t think any fingers are being pointed at him and I don’t think they will be either but that’s football at the end of the day.”