Under fire Smith lets actions do the talking
BOO-BOYS target Michael Smith was the toast of the terraces after his lastgasp winner sunk Coventry and the Swindon striker has vowed to keep working hard to win over the fans.
Smith was targeted by a section of the home support during the recent win over Brentford in which he capped a miserable personal performance by missing a penalty.
Yet the 22-year-old striker put his broad shoulders to good use by shrugging off the criticism to plunder a dramatic winner against Coventry.
The win keeps the Robins’ playoff chances alive and leaves them four points behind sixthplaced Peterborough with three games left with Smith determined to continue his contributions.
“We left it late; It was such a good feeling to get the goal at the end. I’ve never scored a winning goal like that before,” Smith said.
“In the first half we dominated.We saw so much of the ball. In the second half, it got a bit more even but we got the win in the end.
“I took a bit of stick over the penalty but luckily this one came on my head so I’m pleased. I’ve just got to keep working hard. I’m staying behind after training and working hard. I’ve got to keep playing my football and giving it my all.”
Mark Cooper’s side started the match brightly and Coventry keeper Joe Murphy was called into action early tipping over Smith’s header.
Moments later and Swindon were in front after some shaky defending left Alex Pritchard unmarked and he slotted home from 12 yards.
Two minutes before the break John Fleck had Coventry’s first shot of the match and managed to convert it after beating two men and shooting from the edge of the area.
But it was Smith who was the hero after he managed to turn a header home in the third minute of added on time.
The defeat was Coventry’s third in a row and leaves Steven Pressley’s men just five points above the relegation places.
And Pressley knows that his side are in for a scrap to secure their League One status for next season.
“We’re in it.We are very much aware of that. The truth is, we have a number of players at this club that have experienced relegation,” he said.“They need to prove to this football club, and our supporters, that they have the mental capacity to deal with these situations.
“Our commitment was very good but we need to get more at this time from certain players, not in terms of effort but in terms of quality.”
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