Michael Smith has said that the whole squad are delighted with the result and the performance as Yeovil Town beat Taunton 4-1 in the first of two back to back games over the festive period.

Speaking to Tom Seymour post match, he said that he and Frank Nouble had a great relationship and that setting a goal up for one another was a great feeling.

“It’s a great feeling on a good day, it’s nice, I don’t remember much about it, it was a good bit of play, Frank got in down the wing and back heeled it and then tucked it away with my left foot, which is surprising, nice on a good day and a good win on Boxing Day, it was a lovely feeling.

We (Nouble and Smith) paid each other one today which is nice, it was a great team performance today, everyone, even the subs that came on, it was brilliant, we’re delighted in the changing room.”

Michael Smith celebrates his goal.
Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

On the performance as a whole, the Northern Ireland international praised the whole squad for their work ethic in putting in a demolition job on the Peacocks.

“Very pleasing, Boxing Day games can be a little bit tricky, after Christmas, sometimes teams slip up, but it was a very professional job today by us, as I say, we’re delighted, every single one of us put a great shift in, and we deserved the win.”

The game also saw Yeovil break their own National League South Attendance record with over 6300 fans inside Huish Park, something Smith wants to see more of.

“It’s great, it’s twice this season now, it’s fantastic, we want more of it, we want to keep playing football, winning games and hopefully attract in more and more fans, it’s great to see, as you know it gives the lads a great boost, it was good to go out there and put on a show for them today.

We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, I know there’s a little bit of a gap at the top, but we’re just going to keep taking it game by game and trying to win every game obviously, we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves and say ‘we’re going to get this many points, that many points’, it doesn’t work like that, we’re a down to earth team and we just need to keep working hard and get those points on the board.”

Focus turns to the return game, at Taunton on New Years’ Eve, a game which is just the next on the road towards promotion for Smith, he’s pleased that the team got an enjoyable Christmas Day with their families and a brilliant Boxing Day win to top it off.

“We had Christmas Day off, which was great from the gaffer, I’ve been in a few Christmas Days, everyone is professional here, we did a little bit ourselves and kept ourselves right and you saw from the performance today, it’s the type of group and the bunch we are, we’re close knit and we’ll do a lot of stuff for each other, it was nice to get the rewards for that.”

Happy Christmas!

You can listen to the silky Northern Irish Tones of Michael Smith in conversation with Tom Seymour below.


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