MICHAEL Smith will not be bothered by his recent goal drought, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.
The striker scored four times in the first two games of the new season but has not netted for more than a month since, with his teammates sharing the plaudits as Town have risen to sixth in League One.
When quizzed by Link Sport on his frontman’s bad luck in front of goal, Cooper stressed that neither he nor the player was overly concerned – and he backed Smith to return to the scoresheet in the not so distant future.
“I thought he played well (at Bradford). He had a couple of chances. The one that he’s bent in the corner is a great finish but the lad’s got a touch on it. We’re not worried about that. He will score,” said Cooper.
“Part of being a striker is spells where you’re not scoring and he’ll come good. He’s not bothered. He just wants to play, he wants to work hard for the team and he knows that if we keep playing like we are then he’s going to get opportunities to score.”
Cooper revealed he is likely to rotate his striking options as the season progresses, saying: “Jon (Obika) has just come but it’s a good start for him. Andy Williams seems to score goals in runs, so we’ve got three or four good strikers now who can all play.
“It’s important that they all play and they know they are part of it and are going to have opportunities to play.
“We look at individual games and try to decide which partnership will work against different teams.”