Staying confident during a goal-drought

Misfiring in front of goal? Focus on your all-round game and rediscover your Midas touch, says Peak Performance coach Tom Bates

Strikers have an insatiable hunger for goals. They feed off the buzz. When the goals dry up, a striker's confidence nose dives, along with their form.

If they're not rippling the back of the net, how how can they lift themselves out of the doldrums?

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Peak performance coach Tom Bates, believes a goal-starved hitman has to look at the bigger picture.

"If a striker was to look at his performance and he was to develop a performance profile, of all of the different areas that he’s responsible for as a striker – scoring goals is just one of his responsibilities," says Bates.

"If you can get the player to see that actually in other areas he is performing, then that will have a positive impact on his performance as he will realise that his performance is much more than just scoring goals."

Follow Bates' guide and bring your goal famine to an end.

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Also see:
Use your mind to mend your body
Staying performance focused before kick-off
Coping with being dropped
Mind map to your perfect season
Off-season mind gym
Alan Smith: Staying confident during a goal-drought
Strikers: Dealing with a step up in class

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