Scott Brown | Dundee Preview
Midfielder and captain Scott Brown was the player who spoke to the media during the pre-match press conference ahead of the cinch Premiership game against Dundee this weekend.
“It is a huge game for us. We have had a couple of weeks to prepare. We are not in the best of form but it is all about how we bounce back.
“A lot of hard work has gone during the international break.
“The boys have all been working very hard. We have been working hard shape wise and formation wise.
“Sometimes when you are in this situation, the international break is a good thing. It is an opportunity to spend a bit more time on the training pitch. A little bit more quality, and you can work on a few things. People can really put the work in without worrying about a game at the weekend.
“It is football. You have to believe in what you are doing. We have a great bunch of lads here, a great group of staff as well. We have to keep believing in what we are doing and don’t worry about the outside noise. We have not been playing that badly but we need to start winning games and getting points.
“The goals we are conceding, it is not just about what happens at the back. It is what happens throughout the whole team. We work on how we defend and that starts from the front and goes all the way to the back to the defenders. It is all about shape. It is all about discipline. We have to make sure that everyone is doing their job and you can’t just put that on the goalkeepers and the defenders. It is a team game. Equally the strikers need other players to help them create chances.
“We need a turning point. We have been playing ok but not getting the results. Even there against Celtic last time out we did ok. I felt we were unlucky. We had a couple of chances and on another day they go in. It is just one of these things. Celtic had two shots on target and scored two goals. When your luck is not going for you, that is what happens.
“We have to keep creating the chances and I believe our luck will change. We have to keep working hard.
“We have belief in this building and in these players.
“Pressure is what I thrive on during my career.
“There is always more pressure on me. I have dealt with that pressure for years, being a captain. I have enjoyed every single moment. I understand there are going to be ups and downs and it is my job to keep everyone going.
“Most of that pressure comes from ourselves.
“It is all about us getting results now and get ourselves up that league table. We are in a position that we don’t want to be in.
“The manager can only pick the team, it is up to the players to make sure we do our talking on the pitch.
“The spirit is good. The lads have been great since I came in. There have been a lot of changes at the club. We knew it was never going to be plain sailing. We understood that.
“We knew that with the way we wanted to go. We knew that there would be bumps along the way.
“It is all about is working hard and focussing on what we can do.
“The game at the weekend is all about how we play. Making sure we get on the front foot early in the game.
“Football is all about confidence. When you get the first goal you see people with their chests out. People want the ball more. It is part and parcel of the game.
“We need to get back to being hard to beat and scoring goals like we were at the start of the season.
“We have been working extremely hard over these last ten days to make sure we are right for Saturday and we are all now looking forward to it.
“It is a huge month leading up the international break, but every month is tough. We have to try and get as many points on the board as we possibly can, hopefully we can start on Saturday.”