Striker delighted to help Pompey beat Carlisle
Michael Smith showed his poacher’s instinct to fire Pompey to victory against Carlisle.
The striker pounced to convert from a tight angle after goalkeeper Mark Gillespie failed to hold Kyle Bennett’s shot.
That proved enough to secure all three points, although Adam McGurk came close to doubling the lead when he struck the post.
But Smith was happy with the outcome – and also that he was able to double his goal tally for the Blues.
He told Pompey PlayerHD: “It was very tiring, but I thought that we fully deserved the three points. The boys played really well.
“I’ve been building from my previous games and just needed that run in the team – I knew the goals would come.
“It was a typical striker’s goal – following in the initial shot and anticipating that the keeper might spill it.
“I’ve complained in previous games and in training that I never get those kind of chances, but thankfully I did on this occasion.
“We tried to get the second goal to kill the game off, but we managed to see it out really well.”
Smith is starting to find his feet on the south coast and is enjoying his spell on loan from Swindon.
He said: “I already knew the gaffer and Leam from my time at Accrington and some of the boys from playing against them.
“It’s a great group that we’ve got here and that’s helped me to be able to settle in really quickly.”
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