‘All strikers want to score,’ Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne told iFOLLOW today.
And, obviously, Millers striker Michael Smith is not exception.
Twenty-seven year old Smudge/Smithy/Michael scored just his second goal of the season to get the Millers a point on Saturday away at Preston – his first being the late winner at home to Ipswich in August.
Despite that and despite having been playing through the pain of a groin injury, Michael Smith has been one of the better players in the Millers team so far this season. He always takes two of the opposition players with him when he’s moving forwards (one of which usually fouls him which is rarely given, but perhaps that’s another article). He gets balls into the area to other Millers players and he gets back well to defend. So, although it says ‘forward’ on his CV I’d rather think, if he was a cricketer, he’d been named an ‘all-rounder’.
And he has had chances, hitting the post on several occasions. I’m hoping the goal on Saturday gives him more confidence and he goes on to score many more goals starting this weekend.
But, as Warney says, ‘it’s all about the team here and not about the individual’. So, as long as someone is scoring it doesn’t matter who.