McCall wants Iron players to show more belief in themselves

Stuart McCall has called for his players to start believing in themselves and to show more concentration in matches.

The Scunthorpe boss was left disappointed with the way his side responded to going behind at the weekend against Peterborough.

It is no secret that the Iron defence has not been in the best of form so far this season, shipping 26 goals in their opening 13 League One matches.

McCall will be hoping his side can get back on track this weekend, following back-to-back defeats, but he believes the defence’s concentration levels must improve.

“I can’t drill it into them any more that concentration is the biggest key as a defender, especially at this level as players tend to switch off a bit more,” the Iron manager told BBC Radio Humberside.

“That is why the top players keep playing at the top but that is all we drummed into them at half-time against Peterborough – concentration.”

With a tricky fixture away to Wycombe coming up at the weekend, McCall has also questioned whether the Scunthorpe players are currently showing enough belief in themselves.

“Even up to the final whistle against Peterborough I believed we would get a goal. At 1-0 I believed we could come back and win it.”

He continued: “But two or three of them didn’t have the belief. We have got more belief in them that they have in themselves. There is nothing in this league. We need to keep looking up and having belief in each other.”

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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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