MICHAEL Smith was delighted to kill off some of the “banter” in the dressing room associated with his recent dry spell in front of goal after scoring twice against Sheffield United this afternoon.
Smith ended a 39-day run without scoring by putting Swindon Town in front in the 13th minute of the clash with the Blades before slotting home a penalty early in the second half to double the hosts’ advantage, as the Robins claimed all three points to move fourth in the League One table.
After the 5-2 victory, the striker told Link Sport that he was pleased some of the light mocking from his teammates could now be put to bed.
He said: “I was relieved. I was getting a bit of banter but I wasn’t going to let it bother me and I was happy to put it away.
“We’re more pleased with the performance, the result is good but I thought the performance was outstanding. Even in that spell (when Sheffield United scored twice in six minutes) I didn’t think we played too badly. That’s football and we got the three points in the end, which was good.
“All across the pitch I thought every man was outstanding. Barring the Brighton game I thought that was the best I’ve been involved in since I’ve been here.
“I missed a penalty against Brentford last season but it’s always nice to step up and hit a penalty. To see it hit the back of the net was a relief. I was practising on a Friday so I knew where I wanted to put it.
“To have the game in hand, especially after today, means the lads are buzzing. We’ve got a bit of confidence.”