Un­der fire Smith lets ac­tions do the talk­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Alan Wil­lis To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

STAR MAN MICHA

EL SMITH Swindo

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