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Michael Smith hits the ground running at Swindon Town

30 January 2014

By Tony Leighton

New signing Michael Smith has made a great start to life at Swindon Town, the striker scoring three goals in his first two games for the Sky Bet League 1 club.

Hitting the winner in a two-goal debut and the equaliser in his second outing, Smith has clinched four precious points in the Robins' bid for promotion.

The 22-year-old striker, signed last week from Charlton Athletic, told football-league.co.uk: "It's gone really well so far and long may it continue.

"I'm a bit surprised that the goals have come so soon, but I've settled into the club very quickly and I'm looking forward to making a career for myself here."

Smith was hoping to make a career for himself at Championship club Charlton after being signed from Conference side Darlington in the 2011 close-season.

But he made only one first-team start and had loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Newport County, Colchester United and Wimbledon before joining Swindon.

The youngster impressed most notably at Wimbledon, scoring 10 goals in 25 games as a loanee with the League 2 club in the first half of the current campaign.

That prompted Robins boss Mark Cooper, who had managed Smith at Darlington, to step in and give the striker a permanent deal at the County Ground.

Smith, signed for a reported initial £100,000, said: "I feel that I was a bit unfortunate not to get a chance at Charlton, but that's football.

"I wish Charlton all the best, but now I'm aiming to mould myself a career at Swindon and hopefully I can carry on in the same way I've started.

"I don't want the fans thinking I'm going to score three goals every two games, but I'll be giving it my all to improve as a player and help the club progress."

The progress that everybody involved with Swindon wants to make is upwards to the Sky Bet Championship, from where they were relegated in 2000.

Smith's goals in the last two games have helped his new team stay five points below the Play-Off places as they look to push themselves into that top six.

He said: "The manager is desperate to get into the Play-Offs and so are the players, as I've quickly found out while I've been getting to know the lads.

"I've not been here long, but from what I've seen so far I believe we've got all the ingredients to push for a place in the Play-Offs and that's definitely the aim."

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