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PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE: MK DONS v SWINDON TOWN

Good morning and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's Friday morning live blog as we bring you realtime updates from today's Swindon Town press conference ahead of their trip to MK Dons tomorrow afternoon. Join our reporter Ryan Walker from 11:45am as he speaks to manager Tommy Wright and striker Tyler Smith.

12:05PM

That concludes today's press conference.

12:05PM

Smith on playing with Pitman:


"Brett has had a good career and he helps me through the game.


We bounce off each other, I run in behind off him and against Portsmouth it worked.


We work well together."


12:04PM

Smith on future aims:


"I don't know myself.


I will go back to Sheffield United in pre-season and crack on from there and see what happens.


I need to finish the season strongly."

12:03PM

Smith on Lee Peacock:


"He was a striker himself and it is nice to hear a different voice.


He's come in and worked with the strikers and given us different things to try in games.


We have to keep kicking on and go into Saturday hoping for three points.


We have to stick together and see what happens."

12:02PM

Smith on staying positive:


"Some people may have gone under and not been able to deal with it the way I have.


I've had a few tough times here in the past few months but I've stayed strong and kept working hard."


12:02PM

Smith on his Swindon career:


"It's been Tough. Really tough and very frustrating.


Not been in the team, not playing and I have been fit for a while now.


I came here to play and score goals and for whatever reason I haven;'t been picked over the last few months.


I had a discussion with the previous gaffer, frustratingly I haven't played enough but I'm in now and want to help the team score goals.


I was looking to move in January but it didn't happen. I'm here for the rest of the season and I just want to play as much as possible and when I'm not playing I am frustrated.


It's been a hard few months and I can't lie."

11:59AM

Smith on MK Dons:


"It is a big pitch and they look like a good team.


We need three points, have to be confident and I'm confident we can get three points.


I'll be running round lots to close defenders round and that will be my job.


It's important to have players like me up front chasing people down."


11:58AM


Smith on staying up:


"We have to focus on the next game and need to worry about ourselves and no one else."

11:58AM

Tyler Smith on scoring against Portsmouth:


"It was a relief and I was glad to get the winning goal. It was a good performance from everyone and I got the goal to seal the win.


I offer something different, I run in behind and score goals but overall it was a good team performance."

11:57AM

Tommy Wright has now left us. Tyler Smith has joined us.

11:56AM

Wright on Premier League:


"I played in the first Premier League when I was at Middlesborough.


It wasn't a drastic change as finances didn't;t change too much but now the pressure to get into the Premier League is so much.


As the money has got bigger and bigger people all over the World want to watch the Premier League.


You have to evolve but I didn't think there needed to be a change."

11:55AM

Wright on Super League debacle:


"The only thing I read into it was the fear you would have a league with no relegation there would be a lot of mundane games.


Fans don't want that. We have all sat on Super Sunday's where things are at stake and my main concern was playing in a league where there was no relegation.


I think people have realised that it would never be able to happen. I think it was the right decision."


11:53AM

Wright on ongoing Swindon court case:


"It doesn't really impact us because we are focused on football.


It doesn't really affect us because as long as the players can train, and get paid, and pay their mortgages then it doesn't affect us."

11:52AM

Wright on strike partnership:


"We maybe could've played two of them as a pairing, Tyler Smith has had a few injury problems which to a degree meant he couldn't push as much.


His goal record is good at Swindon and hopefully he can carry it on again tomorrow."

11:51AM

Wright on MK Dons:


"They are a possession based team and do it well but that doesn't guarantee you goals.


We need to show desire to get to the ball, we know what they are good at and we have to be careful against them.


Portsmouth had a lot of possession and hopefully we can be strong in that department like we did the other night.


Our front two were very dangerous against Portsmouth and hopefully they can cause one or two problems tomorrow."


11:49AM

Wright on turnaround in form:


"Sometimes when a manager leaves you get a bit of a reaction.


I think a lot of players felt guilty with the way Sheridan left and it was a good performance against Portsmouth."


11:49AM

Wright on Portsmouth win:


"Everyone was pleased with the win and it gave us a bit of relief and got some pride back.


It's not hiding the fact where we are though and I've just told the players to play for themselves and for their own futures taking each game as it comes.


No one gives us a chance of staying up because realistically it will be very hard to do.


There is always pressure when you're a professional footballer though."


11:47AM

Wright on injury news:


"Everyone is ok. Baudry is back in the squad for tomorrow.


He lacks a lot of match fitness but has trained well for the last three weeks and is ready to come back in."


11:47AM

Tommy Wright has now joined us.

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