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READ | Smith aiming for maximum points against Accrington

15 November 2019

Following a run of three consecutive games on the road, the Millers return to AESSEAL New York action this weekend when Accrington Stanley travel to South Yorkshire. Remarkably, this clash will be the only home fixture during a busy month of November, and Michael Smith is keen to build on recent results.

The striker scored his fourth goal of the season in the Sky Bet League One win at Gillingham which kick started the month, and that was followed by Emirates FA Cup success at Maidenhead United before a much-changed Rotherham side bowed out of the Leasing.com Trophy at the hands of Lincoln City. 
 
Now with league football back on the agenda and with one eye on breaking into the top six of the division, Smith believes he and he his teammates can take great confidence from their latest performances ahead of the encounter against John Coleman's men. 
 

"It's an important game for us, especially coming off the back of the league win at Gillingham and then the result at Maidenhead in the FA Cup. We know Accrington will provide a tough test, but we're looking to get three points," Smith told themillers.co.uk. 

"I watched them on television when they beat Ipswich and it was a very good performance from them, and I know Richie Barker has seen quite a bit of footage of them too. Their league position is perhaps a bit false, but we need to go into this fixture like we do every other.
 
"We can't really vouch for how the opposition are going to set up, but all we have to do is concentrate on ourselves. Other teams have come here to sit in and frustrate us, but I fully believe that we have enough to break anyone down in this league."
 
Despite having to be patient to break into the the team during the opening few weeks of the 2019/20 campaign, Smith is now enjoying playing regular football again and he has been a key figure since Warne opted to switch to a 4-4-1-1 formation. 
 
As the main striker, the 28-year-old is determined to keep adding to his goalscoring tally, and he is thriving with the support of in-form Matt Crooks operating around him in the final third. 
 
"Personally, I'm chuffed to be back in the team and to walk out with the lads on a Saturday is a feeling that will never get boring. Hopefully I'm in the gaffer's plans again this weekend and be part of a good team performance," Smith said. 
 
"Having big Matt Crooks up next to me is great and it's someone else to share the running and the workload with, but he has been on fire lately which is great to see. Everyone has seen the goals he has scored, so our aim is to continue striking up a partnership.
 
"We all know what Crooksy has got in the locker and his first goal at Gillingham was something else. He does it in training every now and then, but I was right behind it so I had a bit of a joke with him saying that the wind took it in last minute. It was a great finish to be fair.
 
"To have that confidence speaks volumes about what the gaffer has embedded into us, and for the players at the top end of the pitch to execute stuff like that is special. There's plenty of competition in the final third and all of the lads are capable."

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