Scunthorpe United keeper Sam Slocombe making best of the bad weather with indoor training
THE weather may have put paid to Saturday's game against Portsmouth, but Scunthorpe United keeper Sam Slocombe insists the wintry conditions do have some benefits.
Unable to train outside, the Iron have been making use of their indoor facilities and Slocombe hopes the improved fitness it brings will lead to a run of results to rival their promotion-winning season of 2008/09.
"I actually quite enjoy training indoors – it's a lot sharper," he said.
"It's a smaller area and it's enclosed so the ball never goes out, so it is very sharp.
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"When we got promoted under Nige (Adkins) using the shed, we were using the indoor facility for a long period over the winter and we put on a really good run of results, especially at home and the lads looked sharp.
"I do feel sometimes it is beneficial for us.
"We were in there a bit while Steve (Mildenhall) was here, but since Steve's gone we've managed to get up at the school where the juniors train and we've managed to get outside a bit.
"That's helped because important things such as set-pieces you can't really run through in the indoor facility because it's not big enough.
"It's good to get outside, but I also feel for our game and our fitness that it's good to be inside as well."
The idea is to translate that into performances, particularly at home, and hopefully tempt a few more fans back to Glanford Park.
Their support, Slocombe adds, will be crucial in United's battle for survival.
"Like the manager said about the Shrewsbury game, it was good to see the fans applauded us off at half-time and at full-time," said the former Bottesford Town stopper.
"It showed we did put maximum effort in all game and showed some willingness, not that we don't usually, but we really did look like we wanted to score and wanted to win the game.
"They got behind us a lot more than usual and it helped.
"The lads looked a lot more confident and wanted to play.
"I think they appreciate seeing the players they've paid to see on the pitch are working to their maximum.
"I do feel sometimes, when you play a different style of football, like with the old manager, you are working very hard but the way you play, to the eye watching, you don't realise how hard we are working.
"I think under the new management it's very visible to see that everybody's putting 110 per cent in all the time."