Scott: Training is like a league game
Posted: 16 February 2018 Time: 11:15
Bidvest Wits midfielder Granwald Scott has lauded the team’s intensity in training, and feels replicating that in matches will almost certainly secure victory.
Wits travel to Durban on Saturday for a visit to Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium, where kick-off has been set for 15h30.
The Absa Premiership champions still languish in 14th position on the standings – one point away from the relegation play-off spot occupied by Ajax Cape Town.
Scott, who returned from injury in their CAF Champions League clash last weekend, backs the team to continue their league form, despite their disappointing Nedbank Cup exit.
“All games are difficult now and, since we started the second round, we’ve had a couple of good runs,” Scott says, in reference to Wits’ five-game unbeaten streak in the league.
“I hope the cup defeat to Cape Town City last week won’t hamper our league form, but it’s going to be a tough one on Saturday.
“But we’re league champions, and I feel like the team is good enough to come through and continue picking up points so we can move up the table.
“The confidence in training is phenomenal, our sessions have been top-notch. Training feels like I’m playing a league game – that’s the intensity we’ve got going at the moment.
“So, if we can just take whatever we do in training into the game, then we should get a positive result in Durban.”
One area of concern, though, remains the Clever Boys’ substandard finishing. Failing to convert their chances has been the story of their campaign.
Scott feels the players must work on their composure in and around goals, instead of overthinking and placing extra pressure on themselves.
“The finishing is the problem, I think it’s the case all over South Africa. But the confidence is coming, slowly but surely,” he adds.
“We’ve been scoring goals and not conceding too many again, and it’s now only about finding the back of the net.
“We’re creating chances, it’s about players being in the right frame of mind in front of goals and trying to calm themselves down before receiving the ball.
“We often overthink stuff or the situation before we receive the ball in the box, and that is what has been letting us down.”