Lachlan Scott calls Campbelltown Stadium his lucky venue but admits Wanderers will need more strike power to cope with upcoming Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League commitments.
After starting up front in the Sydney Derby, Scott was again tasked with leading the Wanderers' line in Sunday's 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets at Campbelltown Stadium.
This despite the return of key striker Brandon Santalab from suspension, who began the game on the bench.
Scott rewarded Tony Popovic’s faith with a stunning goal on the cusp of half-time before Jaushua Sotirio iced the result with a second.
Scott had previously scored a double for the red and black at the same ground in the Westfield FFA Cup against Phoenix last year. And with the Wanderers using Campbelltown as their ACL group stage venue, clearly Scott is relishing a return to the venue.
“It’s pretty good to open the account like that with a nice goal, turn on the edge of the box and a good finish. I guess this is my lucky venue,” he told Fox Sports after Sunday's win.
The Wanderers were quick out of the blocks against Newcastle, carving out a couple of chances in opening minutes, before Scott’s composed turn and finish gave the home side a deserved lead.
“We’d been finishing well in training all week so I was pretty confident we’d get a fair few chances today and I was just lucky enough to finish one off.”
It was a timely example of Scott’s pedigree with the Wanderers reportedly looking to bring in another striker during the transfer window.
The youngster said he’s been unperturbed by the speculation and is instead focusing on his development.
“It hasn’t really affected me that much, I’ve just been training hard and focusing, playing the best I can,” said the teenager, who began his football in Wollongong, before moving to Sydney where he ended up in the Wanderers youth team.
“We’ve got Champions League coming up so in reality we do need another striker but that’s not going to stop me from doing my best and hopefully earning my spot in the team."
Wanderers next play Brisbane on Saturday night at Suncorp.
**Scott was one of seven Wanderers players named in a 26-man Australia U-23 squad for a training camp to be held in Gosford early next week.