Matt Smith put in another positive individual performance in a disappointing team display with Swindon Town on Tuesday night.
As usual, Matt Smith made the Swindon Town starting lineup on Tuesday, his 14th start of the season already. He continues to justify that consistent selection on a weekly basis, but the team around him aren’t doing so well.
On this occasion, Swindon lost 3-0 to Accrington. They now sit one point above the relegation zone, with the team below them having a game in hand to overtake.
Individually, Smith completed 80% of his passes, one key pass, and seven of nine long balls.
The Arsenal loanee had two shots, winning five of his seven individual duels. He also earned three free-kicks without committing a foul and made one interception and two tackles.
The Swindon Advertiser wrote: “If there was one Town player to escape relatively unscathed from this game, it was the Arsenal loanee. He was everywhere for the hosts and had many of their better half-chances.”
It’s encouraging that the Arsenal youngster continues to perform even when his teammates aren’t. At the same time, it’s a little worrying that the rest of the side don’t seem to be on his level. It’s hard to develop and improve in those circumstances.
Unlike many of Arsenal’s loan deals this season, Smith’s is to the end of the campaign, not just until January. So he’ll just have to stick it out and hope his continued positive displays eventually help the team turn things around.
Smith scored a late equaliser for Swindon in their last match against Shrewsbury Town. Check that out here.