Smith gets the AFC Wimbledon goals with a little help from his friends
AFC Wimbledon’s new talisman may be the name on the scoresheet, but Michael Smith knows he owes a lot to his supporting act.
The 21-year-old bagged both goals in the 2-0 League Two at York City on Saturday, lifting the Dons into the automatic promotion places.
His double salvo brings the on-loan striker’s tally to four and puts him joint top of the league’s early leading scorers chart.
However, even if his goal-scoring streak continues, there is no guarantee he will stay at the Cherry Red Records stadium beyond January 1, when his parent club Charlton Athletic could come calling.
But, for the time being, Smith is all about the Dons, League Two and Chesterfield this weekend.
He said: “After the York game, we’re buzzing. There’s a really good team spirit in the camp and confidence is high.
“We’ll go to Chesterfield looking to take them on, but they are a strong side – they would not be top if they weren’t.”
He added: “George [Porter] and George [Francomb] – and Chris [Arthur] off the bench – have been great with balls into the box, and with Harry [Pell] and Luke [Moore] behind me, I have a lot of chances created for me.”
He added: “But it is not just the forward line, the back four have been outstanding.
“We have players in the defence like Andy [Frampton] and Andy [Bennett] who have been there and done it, and there’s also Barry [Fuller] – between them they have great experience.
“They know what it takes to win promotion and from they are saying, we have a good chance of challenging.”
Provider: Michael Smith hailed the support act in the Dons line-up, including that of Luke Moore
Dons fans could be forgiven for a small turn-out at Chesterfield after a gruelling 450-mile round trip to York City on Saturday.
However, they were rewarded for the long journey with a hard-as-nails performance from centre back Frampton who needed four stitches after a clash of heads with York's Matt Jarvis.
Despite having heavy bandaging, Frampton and his defensive cohorts would not be beaten.
Smith said: "I did not see the clash of heads, but then Framps came back on with what looked like a hat on his head.
"He's an old pro and knows how to handle himself, but these days players leave the field if they cut a finger, so Framps is a bit of a hard nut."
He added: “It’s a sign of the team’s commitment, and the fans can rest assured we always give our all.
“It is great when we can reward them with three points, and hopefully we can do the same this weekend.”
Hard as nails: Head injury or no head injury, Andy Frampton does his defensive duty
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