2000 Skoda Fabia - Cold start

Fabia 1.9 sdi diesel Problem
The Problem

Cold start
Feb 20, 2019 (10 months ago)
Since having the cambelt renewed last week the car is difficult to start when cold and once it does start after two or three tries it smokes from the exhaust initially.
The car then seems to drive ok and once engine is warm it starts first time.
I returned the car back to the garage thinking it has only been like this since the cambelt change but they did not think it would be.
It seems to be to much of a coincidence.
What are your thoughts please?

Car: Skoda Fabia
Variant: 1.9 sdi diesel
Year: 2000
Category: Engine & Drivetrain
Recalls: Skoda Fabia Recalls
More: Skoda Fabia Problems
Fixes: 12,189
Feb 20, 2019 (10 months ago)
Could be timing not set up properly , fuel filter needing changed.
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