MICHAEL Smith wasn’t too disappointed with Swindon Town’s overall performance as they lost 3-2 to Rochdale this evening, but knows the Robins need to defend better from set pieces.
Smith scored Town’s second which levelled the contest at the County Ground, before Bastien Hery struck the winner inside the opening minute of stoppage time.
While the big striker believes Town played well in patches, and had the better of things after his flicked goal levelled matters, he admitted the manner in which they conceded was hard to take.
“It (Smith’s goal) was a little flick round the corner with my heel and I definitely meant it,” he said.
“I didn’t’ think we played too badly even though there were a few changes and in the end a few sloppy set pieces cost us.
“We’re normally better at that side of the game and it’s especially disappointing at that time of the game because we thought we had the better of it.
“We created a lot of chances so we’re disappointed and we have to go again on Saturday. The goalkeeper pulled off a few good saves but we can’t look at that, we have to look at ourselves.”
Smith believes the close-knit nature of the young Town squad will help put tonight’s mistakes right in time for the visit of Colchester on Saturday.
“We’re a close knit group, we’re of similar age and are friends off the pitch so that helps us,” he said.
“The lads know it wasn’t good enough and because our standards are that high we know what we have to do.”