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Cheltenham made Matt Smith scores hat-trick as Millwall mount play-off challenge

Gloucestershire giant Matt Smith, who was released by the Robins at 18, scored a hat-trick as Gary Rowett’s Millwall took a step closer to the top six with a 3-0 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Millwall boss Gary Rowett was full of praise for his target man now that his side sit seventh in the Sky Bet Championship.

“We could have come here and gone 5-2-3, but I felt there was an opportunity against Forest to exploit certain areas and one of those was a little bit of direct play on the angle to big Smudge (Matt Smith),” Rowett told BBC Sport.

“I have asked the strikers to score goals and he has stood up. I have to work the team around Smudge because he is a big threat at the moment. Sometimes it means we have a little lack of energy in certain areas but he led the line absolutely magnificently.”

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Smith has bounced around the Championship as a 6ft 6in target man to varying success, with stints at Leeds, Fulham, Bristol City and QPR before landing at Millwall this season.

But prior his time in England’s second tier he went to Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham, before failing to impress as a trainee at Cheltenham Town.

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