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Every year we seem to arrange friendlies against opponents in league 1, 2 and below. I feel as though trying yourself against equal or better sides would prime the squad more efficiently towards what’s at hand. 4-0 at Northampton seems pointless compared to practising time on the ball or retaining structure at -say - Norwich, Celtic or Everton: or is it a given law that we cannot prepare against these?

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Just now, iamgulasch said:

Every year we seem to arrange friendlies against opponents in league 1, 2 and below. I feel as though trying yourself against equal or better sides would prime the squad more efficiently towards what’s at hand. 4-0 at Northampton seems pointless compared to practising time on the ball or retaining structure at -say - Norwich, Celtic or Everton: or is it a given law that we cannot prepare against these?

Difference is ..in previous years we’ve lost to league 1..2 and below...and looked shocking too

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There’s always something..

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We have Espanyol coming up, or do they not count?

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Just now, iamgulasch said:

Every year we seem to arrange friendlies against opponents in league 1, 2 and below. I feel as though trying yourself against equal or better sides would prime the squad more efficiently towards what’s at hand. 4-0 at Northampton seems pointless compared to practising time on the ball or retaining structure at -say - Norwich, Celtic or Everton: or is it a given law that we cannot prepare against these?

That’s the spirit mate !!!

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Guess I’ve misjudged this. Let’s play the alfretons and Blyth Spartans of this world, score sheiteloads and then take that form on

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1 minute ago, iamgulasch said:

Guess I’ve misjudged this. Let’s play the alfretons and Blyth Spartans of this world, score sheiteloads and then take that form on

lol

Didn't Alfreton put 14 past us a couple of years ago?

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Could be worse

 

Could have lost 2-1 at Burton.

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Point of preseason at this stage for a club at our level is to get minutes on the pitch and get match fitness. Later in we can test our players against tougher opponents i.e. Espanyol

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And every year we get these daft threads, pre season is all about fitness and getting rid of the rust over the summer, most clubs in the Championship play lower league opposition and finish with a stronger test, Villareal last year Espanyol this year...

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Don’t think results matter irrespective of pre season opponents to be honest 

 

the games in Germany and then Espanyol will be a test 

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24 minutes ago, iamgulasch said:

Every year we seem to arrange friendlies against opponents in league 1, 2 and below. I feel as though trying yourself against equal or better sides would prime the squad more efficiently towards what’s at hand. 4-0 at Northampton seems pointless compared to practising time on the ball or retaining structure at -say - Norwich, Celtic or Everton: or is it a given law that we cannot prepare against these?

 

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13 minutes ago, iamgulasch said:

Guess I’ve misjudged this. Let’s play the alfretons and Blyth Spartans of this world, score sheiteloads and then take that form on

lol

 

Man Utd played Perth the other night. Marseille lost to Accrington Stanley last week. 

 

Clubs use mixed squads of senior and reserve players and want to build up the preparation. 

 

I think we’ve got enough on our plate at the moment, without moaning about who we play in friendlies. 

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Pre season is all about fitness and gaining understanding between players. It certainly helps when your strikers are scoring, building confidence, and your defenders are keeping clean sheets.

 

I kind of get your point, but confidence and momentum are 2 attributes that cannot be understated and can go a long way to defining how your season goes.

 

Take the Rangers friendly where we looked slow, lethargic, sluggish and devoid of ideas and creativity. It sort of set the tone for our season in many respects.

 

The 3 games played this week have seen all members of the squad mostly get game time, the teams scoring and our work rate improving game by game. Never mind the opposition, you have to work to achieve those things, so all in all, I am pretty happy with the way we are progressing.

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22 minutes ago, marcx666 said:

We have Espanyol coming up, or do they not count?

Well it depends how old the spaniel is and how many of them there are.

A springer would be a sterner test than a cocker .

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3 minutes ago, scilly owl said:

Well it depends how old the spaniel is and how many of them there are.

A springer would be a sterner test than a cocker .

Aye, but the cocker if its in the mood would ruin Hutch....we are safer with the springer. Cockers are like the Diego Costa or Edmundo of the dog world

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Think pre season been pitched just right so far. Mostly about fitness, but also gaining momentum. 

 

The sides we've played have been honest and given us a game. Like to think the fact we've won comfortably speaks to our improvements rather  than the opposition. 

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First few friendlies are just about minutes on the pitch and increasing sharpness. Builds up to the final friendly usually against superior opposition and should have the players hitting somewhere near peak by Reading. 

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It doesn't matter who we play, ALL our opponents are inferior.

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30 minutes ago, marcx666 said:

We have Espanyol coming up, or do they not count?

They do, but will obviously name a reserve side as they have other commitments elsewhere

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