Scobbie ready for survival scrap

After making his comeback in a 3-2 defeat by Hearts, the Scotland Under-21 international helped Falkirk beat Aberdeen last weekend to boost their battle against relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

Scobbie, who played through the pain barrier for much of last season, endured two months of complete rest before gradually building up his core fitness.

And he feels like a man given a new lease of life as he bids to continue his upturn in fortunes by helping Falkirk get a result at Dundee United tomorrow.

"I feel great," the 21-year-old said. "It's the best I felt for about two years.

"It got to the stage that whenever I was striking the ball I felt pain. Obviously, being a football player, that's not great.

"The first couple of weeks of training it took me a bit of time to get going but once I got over a certain point I felt really good. My strength is going well so hopefully it can long continue."

Scobbie added: "When he came in as manager, big Elvis sat me down and asked me numerous questions about my fitness. I told him I was feeling good and ready to go.

"Thankfully he gave me the chance against Hearts and Aberdeen, and, touch wood, I'm feeling really good and hopefully I can kick on.

"The Hearts game, in the first 15-20 minutes I felt a bit sluggish but as the game wore on I started to feel better. Going into the Aberdeen game I felt really, really good.

"Elvis has been giving me extra days' rest and recovery and there are certain things he doesn't want me to do because he wants me playing on a Saturday."

As well as restoring Scobbie to the starting line-up, Pressley vowed to instil a winning mentality in his players after replacing Eddie May earlier this month.

Scobbie feels the determination shown during the 3-1 victory over Aberdeen, which saw striker Enoch Showunmi get off the mark for the club with an acrobatic volley, can also help Pressley meet his other stated aim, to beat the drop.

"He wants a team that go out full of determination and courage, and battle for every second," said Scobbie.

"That's one of the things we did on Saturday really, really well. We were first to everything that fell our way, we worked really hard and put them under pressure.

"The pressure to the ball was really important. We were always talking, our shape was good and of course big Enoch can put defenders under real pressure.

"The two Aberdeen centre-halfs really struggled to cope. He's a big physical lad and you saw with his goal he has great technique, so he is going to be a big danger.

"He is absolutely rapid, his pace is frightening. I actually think he is faster with the ball than he was without it."

Source: Team Talk