Luongo sharpens his attacking edge

Massimo Luongo says he wants to add an attacking edge to his game after scoring for Swindon Town on the opening weekend of the League One season.

The 21-year-old Socceroo netted his first goal since November, when he opened the scoring after just three minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe.

A sliding Luongo glanced the ball into the back of the net with his outstretched left boot from Nathan Byrne’s cutback.

The Sydney-born 2014 World Cup squad member only scored six goals in 53 appearances for Swindon last term but impressed with his midfield play and durability.

However, Saturday provided evidence the midfielder was looking to push on more this campaign as he was in the box for all three of his side’s goals.

“It’s something in my game I’ve been focusing a little more on – getting the shots off, getting in the box and I got a bit of reward,” Luongo told the Swindon Advertiser.

“I think (last season) I was trying to be a bit more disciplined in midfield rather than being reckless and getting in the box.

“I was trying to adapt my game a little bit to suit the team and maybe suit my form a little bit but I’ll see how it goes when it comes to January and winter days.”

Luongo’s wait between goals was actually 252 days but he was optimistic about his chances of improving his game to get on the scoresheet more often in 2014-15.

“I was buzzing. I’ve been waiting so long for it,” he added.

“I’ve got to learn from how I got the goals last season and the positions I took to get them.

 “If I can watch my games, I can see what I did right and take that into my game.”

Luongo’s Swindon are next in action on Tuesday night when they face Luton Town in the Capital One Cup.