Smith hopes goals win over doubters

Michael Smith celebrates in front of the Town fans after his penalty against Luton

Michael Smith celebrates in front of the Town fans after his penalty against Luton

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STRIKER Michael Smith hopes four goals in the first two games of the new season will go a long way in helping him win over his detractors amongst the Swindon Town fanbase.

Smith, a January signing from Charlton Athletic, scored twice in five second-half minutes on Tuesday night to give Town a 2-1 win at Luton Town in the Capital One Cup, little more than 72 hours after firing a brace in his side’s opening-day League One victory over Scunthorpe United.

The goals have taken Smith’s tally for the Robins to 12 from 22 appearances, a strike rate of better than a goal every other game, and he’s hopeful that those bare facts will encourage some of the supporters who quickly turned on him towards the end of last season to ease up and give him a chance.

“I don’t really pay attention to what people say,” Smith told the Advertiser. “As long as the manager’s happy with me and the lads - that’s all that matters. It’s nice to get the good comments off the fans but I just ignore the negative ones.

“I’m quite a strong character and I believe in my own ability. If I keep playing well I know that the goals will come. Hopefully that will turn the haters. I understand it, I’m a football fan myself and I get frustrated watching it. Hopefully I’ll change their minds.”

Smith sits atop the Football League’s top scorers’ table in all competitions following his midweek brace and, when asked whether he could have had a better start to the campaign he said: “Not at all. Maybe two hat-tricks would have done but four in two’s left me quite happy. I was a bit aggrieved (to be substituted on Saturday) but I could understand it with Tuesday in mind. It’s worked, I’ve got another two (against Luton) and I’m chuffed with that.”

Given how quickly he has come out of the traps in 2014/15 it is perhaps unsurprising that Coventry City have shown interest in the striker, with Town chairman Lee Power claiming to have rejected two bids for the player. Peterborough United are also understood to have contemplated a move for the 22-year-old but Smith is content with life in Wiltshire.

“It’s always nice to have interest in you but I’m a Swindon player, I’m at Swindon Town and I just want to concentrate on them,” he said.

“I’m happy here, I’m getting on well with all the lads, we’re a great bunch so I want to stay.”

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6:29am Thu 14 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Looks a quality player,may have struggled to the end of last season,
But town fans always singles out the wrong players.
Anyone player with a brain knows he could/ can earn millions a week by playing great week in week out and I think this lad is something special.
Sometime towards the end of last year I believe the he played in a role which was new to him,
Keep up the great work smithie and go on to earn yourself million each week.
Looks a quality player,may have struggled to the end of last season, But town fans always singles out the wrong players. Anyone player with a brain knows he could/ can earn millions a week by playing great week in week out and I think this lad is something special. Sometime towards the end of last year I believe the he played in a role which was new to him, Keep up the great work smithie and go on to earn yourself million each week. smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

7:31am Thu 14 Aug 14

port de soller says...

Just pleased how he has settled in.Yes last season he was not flavour of the month with the Fans So good luck to him.
Quick mention for Andy Williams I do hope he also can step up a gear and had a real good season
Just pleased how he has settled in.Yes last season he was not flavour of the month with the Fans So good luck to him. Quick mention for Andy Williams I do hope he also can step up a gear and had a real good season port de soller
  • Score: 21

8:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

port de soller wrote:
Just pleased how he has settled in.Yes last season he was not flavour of the month with the Fans So good luck to him. Quick mention for Andy Williams I do hope he also can step up a gear and had a real good season
Has looked decent coming on as a sub so far, would just be great for him to get that first goal to spur him on.
[quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: Just pleased how he has settled in.Yes last season he was not flavour of the month with the Fans So good luck to him. Quick mention for Andy Williams I do hope he also can step up a gear and had a real good season[/p][/quote]Has looked decent coming on as a sub so far, would just be great for him to get that first goal to spur him on. Swindon1984
  • Score: 6

8:57am Thu 14 Aug 14

London Red says...

If B.Smith is out for a few weeks we really need Williams to come on and play as the left sided striker - so we can get some balance to the team
.
Barthram did fine at Luton - but is worse than Byrne at cutting back when over there so lost the drive to the by-line
.
If Williams - who was a left winger at Yeovil - drifted out there to support Jack we would hopefully restore a bit of balance
.
He can then push back in-field when it is down the right as a centre forward at the back stick
.
He could come in for Louis - no need to risk him - and drop Gladwin into the middle 3
.
Smudge will do fine if he continues to work on his hold up play and first touch - goals have never been an issue - if he continues to improve on the other side like he has this year he will be a decent Championship player
If B.Smith is out for a few weeks we really need Williams to come on and play as the left sided striker - so we can get some balance to the team . Barthram did fine at Luton - but is worse than Byrne at cutting back when over there so lost the drive to the by-line . If Williams - who was a left winger at Yeovil - drifted out there to support Jack we would hopefully restore a bit of balance . He can then push back in-field when it is down the right as a centre forward at the back stick . He could come in for Louis - no need to risk him - and drop Gladwin into the middle 3 . Smudge will do fine if he continues to work on his hold up play and first touch - goals have never been an issue - if he continues to improve on the other side like he has this year he will be a decent Championship player London Red
  • Score: 5

9:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

After watching highlights of Coventry's game last night they need more than a striker, they will have serious financial problems. They may have raked in a couple of mill in transfer fees but with gates of 1 or 2 k they cannot survive and they won't be able to afford Smiffy . Their attendance was 1100 last night and against decent opposition, sixfields looked empty.
After watching highlights of Coventry's game last night they need more than a striker, they will have serious financial problems. They may have raked in a couple of mill in transfer fees but with gates of 1 or 2 k they cannot survive and they won't be able to afford Smiffy . Their attendance was 1100 last night and against decent opposition, sixfields looked empty. Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

9:21am Thu 14 Aug 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

The way he took his second against Luton was clinical and extremely composed. Obviously we all want him to be as good as Shearer with his hold up play and crossing but we're Division 3 ladies and gentleman. On that kind of form he'll comfortably be good enough to play in the Championship hopefully with us next year!

Just wish "fans" would "support" all our players, particularly if they are having a nightmare. Too much to expect from some of our less blessed fan base but just like getting out of this league hope springs eternal!
The way he took his second against Luton was clinical and extremely composed. Obviously we all want him to be as good as Shearer with his hold up play and crossing but we're Division 3 ladies and gentleman. On that kind of form he'll comfortably be good enough to play in the Championship hopefully with us next year! Just wish "fans" would "support" all our players, particularly if they are having a nightmare. Too much to expect from some of our less blessed fan base but just like getting out of this league hope springs eternal! dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 15

10:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

MoonrakerinHampshire says...

Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.
Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work. MoonrakerinHampshire
  • Score: 1

10:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

Archive Robin says...

I think the most important thing here is when (or if) Smithy has a lean spell in front of goal how he reacts - that is when he will need to feel that the fans are on his side and not on his back as is sometimes the case with people - just a thought that one.
I think the most important thing here is when (or if) Smithy has a lean spell in front of goal how he reacts - that is when he will need to feel that the fans are on his side and not on his back as is sometimes the case with people - just a thought that one. Archive Robin
  • Score: 6

10:40am Thu 14 Aug 14

delta419 says...

To be honest, don't think it was his goal scoring that was the issue, that is not in doubt, the problem was his ball retention and hold up play, playing in a 352 that is more important than ever for the front players to keep the ball better, but to be fair to Smithy on Saturday it was clear that this is something he has worked on and his all round game had improved, long may that continue, good luck to him and the rest of the squad coyr
To be honest, don't think it was his goal scoring that was the issue, that is not in doubt, the problem was his ball retention and hold up play, playing in a 352 that is more important than ever for the front players to keep the ball better, but to be fair to Smithy on Saturday it was clear that this is something he has worked on and his all round game had improved, long may that continue, good luck to him and the rest of the squad coyr delta419
  • Score: 7

10:46am Thu 14 Aug 14

old town robin says...

London Red wrote:
If B.Smith is out for a few weeks we really need Williams to come on and play as the left sided striker - so we can get some balance to the team
.
Barthram did fine at Luton - but is worse than Byrne at cutting back when over there so lost the drive to the by-line
.
If Williams - who was a left winger at Yeovil - drifted out there to support Jack we would hopefully restore a bit of balance
.
He can then push back in-field when it is down the right as a centre forward at the back stick
.
He could come in for Louis - no need to risk him - and drop Gladwin into the middle 3
.
Smudge will do fine if he continues to work on his hold up play and first touch - goals have never been an issue - if he continues to improve on the other side like he has this year he will be a decent Championship player
With no sign of Jack Stephens arriving in time for the Crawley game, I would guess Lelan could be brought back in and Branco filling the defensive role of Brad Smith, ( if he doesn't make a recovery by then), . not sure where that leaves Nathan Thompson at the back, but a centre half he is not and as Barcham is right footer and not best suited as a left back either. Of course your suggestion of playing Williams as a replacement left wing back in place of Gladwin is an option, especially as the latter is still not being played in his best position. With that scenario It would probably see us move more to a 4-4-2, All theory of course and Cooper hasn't done too badly so far this season with setting up the team the way he wants them to play. So we'll have to wait and see what his plans are, bearing we've got 2 games away in 5 days.

Mid-field and upfront Smithy is on fire so subject to injuries no change, expect just the one replacement for Brad and possibly Gladwin, which is a shame for Brad as I was quite impressed with him against the irons.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: If B.Smith is out for a few weeks we really need Williams to come on and play as the left sided striker - so we can get some balance to the team . Barthram did fine at Luton - but is worse than Byrne at cutting back when over there so lost the drive to the by-line . If Williams - who was a left winger at Yeovil - drifted out there to support Jack we would hopefully restore a bit of balance . He can then push back in-field when it is down the right as a centre forward at the back stick . He could come in for Louis - no need to risk him - and drop Gladwin into the middle 3 . Smudge will do fine if he continues to work on his hold up play and first touch - goals have never been an issue - if he continues to improve on the other side like he has this year he will be a decent Championship player[/p][/quote]With no sign of Jack Stephens arriving in time for the Crawley game, I would guess Lelan could be brought back in and Branco filling the defensive role of Brad Smith, ( if he doesn't make a recovery by then), . not sure where that leaves Nathan Thompson at the back, but a centre half he is not and as Barcham is right footer and not best suited as a left back either. Of course your suggestion of playing Williams as a replacement left wing back in place of Gladwin is an option, especially as the latter is still not being played in his best position. With that scenario It would probably see us move more to a 4-4-2, All theory of course and Cooper hasn't done too badly so far this season with setting up the team the way he wants them to play. So we'll have to wait and see what his plans are, bearing we've got 2 games away in 5 days. Mid-field and upfront Smithy is on fire so subject to injuries no change, expect just the one replacement for Brad and possibly Gladwin, which is a shame for Brad as I was quite impressed with him against the irons. old town robin
  • Score: 1

10:54am Thu 14 Aug 14

stfcflag says...

I like the fact he says explicitly that he wants to stay, far too many people when rumours come up say focused on Swindon but great to be rated and no more. Nice to see some loyalty here
I like the fact he says explicitly that he wants to stay, far too many people when rumours come up say focused on Swindon but great to be rated and no more. Nice to see some loyalty here stfcflag
  • Score: 6

11:03am Thu 14 Aug 14

London Red says...

OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there
.
What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side
.
If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield)
.
Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot
.
If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there
.
Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role
.
We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about
.
For me Crawley should be:
.
Foderingham
Turnbull Thompson Branco
Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram
Smith Williams
.
Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall
.
If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench
.
If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4
OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there . What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side . If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield) . Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot . If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there . Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role . We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about . For me Crawley should be: . Foderingham Turnbull Thompson Branco Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram Smith Williams . Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall . If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench . If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4 London Red
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

newburymike says...

I think it was unfortunate that Smith replaced Ranger, everyone was comparing his hold up play to him which was unfair as he was obviously a class above league 1. However, what people forget was that last season his goal to games ratio was better than Ranger (I think). I also like his wholehearted commitment to the team as well
I think it was unfortunate that Smith replaced Ranger, everyone was comparing his hold up play to him which was unfair as he was obviously a class above league 1. However, what people forget was that last season his goal to games ratio was better than Ranger (I think). I also like his wholehearted commitment to the team as well newburymike
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Vintage Trouble says...

MoonrakerinHampshire wrote:
Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.
Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team?
[quote][p][bold]MoonrakerinHampshire[/bold] wrote: Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team? Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 5

2:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

London Red wrote:
OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there
.
What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side
.
If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield)
.
Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot
.
If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there
.
Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role
.
We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about
.
For me Crawley should be:
.
Foderingham
Turnbull Thompson Branco
Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram
Smith Williams
.
Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall
.
If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench
.
If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4
Yes, I'd go with that formation but 2 points.

Firstly, it would be interesting to try Williams at Wing Back. Dirk Kyut made the transition successfully during the WOrld Cup and Andy is both quick and a good crosser of the ball.

Second, Putting Williams up front with Smith is a completely new combo and might not work. It is possible MC has already tried it in training.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there . What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side . If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield) . Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot . If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there . Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role . We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about . For me Crawley should be: . Foderingham Turnbull Thompson Branco Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram Smith Williams . Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall . If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench . If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4[/p][/quote]Yes, I'd go with that formation but 2 points. Firstly, it would be interesting to try Williams at Wing Back. Dirk Kyut made the transition successfully during the WOrld Cup and Andy is both quick and a good crosser of the ball. Second, Putting Williams up front with Smith is a completely new combo and might not work. It is possible MC has already tried it in training. mancrobin
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

London Red says...

mancrobin wrote:
London Red wrote:
OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there
.
What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side
.
If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield)
.
Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot
.
If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there
.
Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role
.
We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about
.
For me Crawley should be:
.
Foderingham
Turnbull Thompson Branco
Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram
Smith Williams
.
Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall
.
If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench
.
If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4
Yes, I'd go with that formation but 2 points.

Firstly, it would be interesting to try Williams at Wing Back. Dirk Kyut made the transition successfully during the WOrld Cup and Andy is both quick and a good crosser of the ball.

Second, Putting Williams up front with Smith is a completely new combo and might not work. It is possible MC has already tried it in training.
They did it in pre-season so not completely new - but MC opted against it as felt they were too similar
.
However, it worked alright against Luton 2nd half - so could be a short term gap - we have targets we are working on so could only be one game?
.
Can Williams defend? - I wouldn't be that confident with him there - especially as our back 3 are not absolutely rock solid
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: OTR - I wouldn't play Williams at left wingback - I would keep Barthram there . What I said is have Williams as the left sided forward alongside Smith - but with instructions to pull out wide into the channels to offer support to the LWB when breaking down that side . If he makes those runs - it gives the likes of Mass the opportnity to feed him in to get a cross into Smith and Gladwin (who should be pushing on form midfield) . Also if it is with Barthram it will act like playing a 442 where the FB and Winger combine to get the ball in a position to be delivered - this can then be an outswinger by Williams left boot or inswinger by Barthram's right boot . If we are breaking down the right - Williams goes in the middle to support Smith as another forward and Galdwin at the edge of the box to pick up anything dropping out there . Lelan should be on the bench as Branco did OK and adds height at the back to allow Nathan to paly the Sweeper role . We still have time for Stephens - he can arrive tomorrow and play - guess it depends on Saints landing the CB they are in discussions about . For me Crawley should be: . Foderingham Turnbull Thompson Branco Byrne Kasim Gladwin Luongo Barthram Smith Williams . Belford, Lelan, Thomspon, Barker, Waldon, Randell, Marshall . If Stephens arrives he goes in for Branco who drops to the bench . If Louis is fit him in for Gladwin and Lungo back to the front of the midfield trio - but don't risk him - better to be sub for ine game than end up missing 3 or 4[/p][/quote]Yes, I'd go with that formation but 2 points. Firstly, it would be interesting to try Williams at Wing Back. Dirk Kyut made the transition successfully during the WOrld Cup and Andy is both quick and a good crosser of the ball. Second, Putting Williams up front with Smith is a completely new combo and might not work. It is possible MC has already tried it in training.[/p][/quote]They did it in pre-season so not completely new - but MC opted against it as felt they were too similar . However, it worked alright against Luton 2nd half - so could be a short term gap - we have targets we are working on so could only be one game? . Can Williams defend? - I wouldn't be that confident with him there - especially as our back 3 are not absolutely rock solid London Red
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

newburymike wrote:
I think it was unfortunate that Smith replaced Ranger, everyone was comparing his hold up play to him which was unfair as he was obviously a class above league 1. However, what people forget was that last season his goal to games ratio was better than Ranger (I think). I also like his wholehearted commitment to the team as well
Very good point. If Smith had arrived after the Collins / Rooney / Williams season then its a different story.

Ranger a different level on the hold up front.
[quote][p][bold]newburymike[/bold] wrote: I think it was unfortunate that Smith replaced Ranger, everyone was comparing his hold up play to him which was unfair as he was obviously a class above league 1. However, what people forget was that last season his goal to games ratio was better than Ranger (I think). I also like his wholehearted commitment to the team as well[/p][/quote]Very good point. If Smith had arrived after the Collins / Rooney / Williams season then its a different story. Ranger a different level on the hold up front. Wilesy
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

MoonrakerinHampshire says...

Vintage Trouble wrote:
MoonrakerinHampshire wrote:
Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.
Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team?
I was critical of him because he was being lazy. There was no link up play with Williams and no attempt to surprise defenders. Against Eastleigh and Southampton he just wasn't at it. But now he has found the spark I want to encourage him.

Incidentally, what I see of Storey is he has put on a few pounds and is looking stronger and very determined. I am not surprised he scored the winner the other nght
[quote][p][bold]Vintage Trouble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoonrakerinHampshire[/bold] wrote: Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team?[/p][/quote]I was critical of him because he was being lazy. There was no link up play with Williams and no attempt to surprise defenders. Against Eastleigh and Southampton he just wasn't at it. But now he has found the spark I want to encourage him. Incidentally, what I see of Storey is he has put on a few pounds and is looking stronger and very determined. I am not surprised he scored the winner the other nght MoonrakerinHampshire
  • Score: -2

6:04pm Thu 14 Aug 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Smith is not the finished article - he wouldn't be playing for us if he was, but Coops saw something in him and he has improved in some respects since arriving. He still has to work on his hold-up play and laying off but you cannot fault his work rate and attitude. All credit to the management team. Maybe Smithy appreciates what they have done for him and wants to pay them back. Those who boo and give players stick should find a Premier team in my opinion. They are not supporters.
Smith is not the finished article - he wouldn't be playing for us if he was, but Coops saw something in him and he has improved in some respects since arriving. He still has to work on his hold-up play and laying off but you cannot fault his work rate and attitude. All credit to the management team. Maybe Smithy appreciates what they have done for him and wants to pay them back. Those who boo and give players stick should find a Premier team in my opinion. They are not supporters. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

We are PANTS says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Looks a quality player,may have struggled to the end of last season,
But town fans always singles out the wrong players.
Anyone player with a brain knows he could/ can earn millions a week by playing great week in week out and I think this lad is something special.
Sometime towards the end of last year I believe the he played in a role which was new to him,
Keep up the great work smithie and go on to earn yourself million each week.
You crack me up!!! HaHaHaHaHa... You really are Jekyll and Hyde....

You are the FIRST person to jump on people's backs....
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Looks a quality player,may have struggled to the end of last season, But town fans always singles out the wrong players. Anyone player with a brain knows he could/ can earn millions a week by playing great week in week out and I think this lad is something special. Sometime towards the end of last year I believe the he played in a role which was new to him, Keep up the great work smithie and go on to earn yourself million each week.[/p][/quote]You crack me up!!! HaHaHaHaHa... You really are Jekyll and Hyde.... You are the FIRST person to jump on people's backs.... We are PANTS
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

LeGod says...

To be fair to Smith he looks a much better player than he did when he came to us last season as they have obviously worked on his hold up play and his fitness and his all round game has improved dramatically.
I ciritcised him as his hold up play was shocking last season and he was easily knocked off the ball.
But fair play to him he looks a totally different player and is playing with confidence as well.
So i moaned about him and big and ugly enough to admit it but i am also pleased that he has turned it around and looks a much better player now. Just goes to show with a bit of work to your game it makes such a difference and he will be a threat to all defenders the way hie is playing at the moment.
long may it continue and keep it going Michael Smith good on you.
To be fair to Smith he looks a much better player than he did when he came to us last season as they have obviously worked on his hold up play and his fitness and his all round game has improved dramatically. I ciritcised him as his hold up play was shocking last season and he was easily knocked off the ball. But fair play to him he looks a totally different player and is playing with confidence as well. So i moaned about him and big and ugly enough to admit it but i am also pleased that he has turned it around and looks a much better player now. Just goes to show with a bit of work to your game it makes such a difference and he will be a threat to all defenders the way hie is playing at the moment. long may it continue and keep it going Michael Smith good on you. LeGod
  • Score: 5

8:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

MoonrakerinHampshire wrote:
Vintage Trouble wrote:
MoonrakerinHampshire wrote:
Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.
Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team?
I was critical of him because he was being lazy. There was no link up play with Williams and no attempt to surprise defenders. Against Eastleigh and Southampton he just wasn't at it. But now he has found the spark I want to encourage him.

Incidentally, what I see of Storey is he has put on a few pounds and is looking stronger and very determined. I am not surprised he scored the winner the other nght
Smith lazy? From what I've seen, nothing could be further from the truth.
[quote][p][bold]MoonrakerinHampshire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vintage Trouble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MoonrakerinHampshire[/bold] wrote: Pre season I was critical of Smithy because he would stand offside. But I am delighted he has done so well in the first two games. He is learning and he is focused and I hope and think he is going to prove a handful for many defences this year. Certainly 20 goals are not beyond him this season and that has to make him an asset. I am sure his touch and passing will get better especially as his confidence grows. So please give him encouragement. Good on you Smithy, keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]Why was you critical of him because he would stand offside? Maybe he was trying something out as it was preseason? A lot of strikers stand offside as the defenders then don't know where they are and then creep back onside before the through ball is played. Worth trying isn't it, especially considering the through balls we can play with Luongo, Kasim and Gladwin in the team?[/p][/quote]I was critical of him because he was being lazy. There was no link up play with Williams and no attempt to surprise defenders. Against Eastleigh and Southampton he just wasn't at it. But now he has found the spark I want to encourage him. Incidentally, what I see of Storey is he has put on a few pounds and is looking stronger and very determined. I am not surprised he scored the winner the other nght[/p][/quote]Smith lazy? From what I've seen, nothing could be further from the truth. Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

8:59pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Steve. Brentford says...

Our team is a very young team and unfortunately many of our fans are lets say a little short of patience, this will lead to Smithy or A nother one of OUR players getting stick for not being a world beater by our own supporters as soon as the next dip comes along, for years on here i have read `we should give the youngsters a chance` so lets do that even when we have the odd hiccup and lets not shatter their confidence, it doesn`t help us in the long run. We may start to get a few players who want to stay and progress with us , you never know eh!
Our team is a very young team and unfortunately many of our fans are lets say a little short of patience, this will lead to Smithy or A nother one of OUR players getting stick for not being a world beater by our own supporters as soon as the next dip comes along, for years on here i have read `we should give the youngsters a chance` so lets do that even when we have the odd hiccup and lets not shatter their confidence, it doesn`t help us in the long run. We may start to get a few players who want to stay and progress with us , you never know eh! Steve. Brentford
  • Score: 3

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