Tony Watt is adamant that he knew his goal would come, after ending his goal drought against St Mirren on Boxing Day.
The ex-Celtic striker netted in the final minute to give the Saints a last-gasp victory over the Buddies. He now heads into the weekend’s match against a struggling Dundee side full of confidence, having netted his first goal since August.
It’s a massive run of games without a goal. Watt knew, that with the backing of his manager, it would sort itself out.
“Before games the manager has been saying to me: ‘Just keep doing what you are doing, and I don’t care if you score, Watt told the Courier.
“Eventually,the goal had to come, and I have never doubted myself that it would happen. When you score it’s a good feeling if you are doing it every week but when youscore a 90th-minute winner after a long time (without a goal) it feels even better.
“In saying that, I will just keep doing what I am doing, and it won’t worry me one bit if I don’t score again before the end of the season as long as the team keeps up this form,” he added.
A goal doesn’t mean a return to form
Whilst it’ll be a relief for Watt to finally net in the Premiership, he owes it to his boss Wright. The manager could have easily dropped him months ago, but persisted with the goalless striker, despite having options to replace him with.
Watt is a terrific talent, but he is far too inconsistent. He may have scored against St Mirren, but that doesn’t guarantee form. It’s a stepping stone yes, but whether he is back on form is yet to be seen.
The forward was on fire at the start of the season. He was named August’s player of the month after scoring six goals that month. It sums up Watt’s career that he then went four months without scoring. It’s enormous highs met by equally devastating lows.
If Wright can manage to keep the former Celtic striker’s confidence up, he will be a big player in 2019. If Watt fails to deliver, however, Wright might not give him as many chances next time around.