SWINDON WILDCATS: Smith finds his goalscoring touch
SAM Smith broke his goalscoring duck for Wildcats and then revealed he was benefiting from a more trigger-happy approach in the offensive zone.
The 21-year-old forward got off the mark in a red-and-white jersey in the 4-3 home defeat to MK Lightning on Sunday and while the result not have pleased the former Coventry man, he was relieved to at least beat Steve Wall in the Lightning net.
That got the Oxford-born goal-getter off and running for 2013/14 and he admitted that the effort was borne out of hard work in Swindon’s midweek training sessions.
“It was really nice to score and good to get the monkey off my back,” he said.
“I had been getting a lot of chances but not scoring, so it was good to see one go in.
“Ryan (Aldridge, head coach) has been working with me a lot in training, just getting me to shoot as much as I can.
“He wants me to taking every chance I’ve got to shoot and I’m realising I’ve got time to now, I’m starting to get there.
“You get more time in this league and so you can calm down on the puck and use it a bit more.
“My shot is probably my strongest attribute so I want to use it as much as I can and get myself into positions to use it.”
The defeat to Milton Keynes was widely viewed in the Swindon camp as an injustice given the high level they performed to throughout the 60 minutes, and Smith echoed that sentiment.
“I thought when it went to 2-2 that we were going to put a few on them, but we didn’t get a few bounces and we said afterwards that we probably deserved the win,” he said.
“There were a lot of positives to come out of the game and it was probably our best performance as a team this season. If we play like that every week then we’re going to win more than we lose.
“We had a lot of shots and sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but we will take the positives out of it as we’re creating a lot more than we have been.
“We played with a lot of energy and played well on the forecheck which we have been working on and Aldy gave us a few new tactics which worked really well.”
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