Date: 14th July 2015 at 6:59pm
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Manager Graham Alexander has said that despite the result in our friendly against AFC Flyde, he was pleased with the progress of the players in our pre season build up to our second year of life in League One.

The only goal of the game came just before the half time break at Kellamergh Park but with a mix of seniors and youngsters on show, Alexander was happy to take the positives from the match as clearly at this stage of pre season results aren’t the most important thing.

For a full match report please click here.

First half team:

Moore, Williams, Pond, Cartwright, Andrew, Ryan, Player A, Haughton, Sarcevic, Matt, McManus.

Second half team:

Maxwell, Forbes, McLaughlin, Jonsson, Bell, Deacon, Wright, Player B, Sowerby, Sanogo, Proctor.

Speaking after the game, the gaffer said it wasn’t just the fitness run out that pleased him, it was also being able to let the youngsters spend more time with the seniors because it can only help their own development.

‘You can look at the result and say we were disappointed to lose 1-0 but we were using it as an extra training session at the end of the day. We had this game early on in pre-season so the lads can gauge where they are, and it was a great workout for us as Fylde are a good team. They`ve got some good young players who are fit and it was a tough test, but there were a lot of positives for us as we integrated the younger players with the senior ones.’

Alexander went on to say that for the youngsters especially it will take them a while to adjust because they are out of their comfort zone but he felt they all ‘handled themselves’ really well whilst they were on the pitch, and of course a good positive for us was seeing Jamille Matt get a 35 minute run out as he looks to bounce back strongly following his time out injured.

‘The game was a process of building up to the start of the season, and it was a good first step for us against competitive opposition. We`ll look at a few things when we`re out in Germany as it`ll be important for the new lads to get to know the players they`re playing with. August 8th is what we`re aiming for and we want everyone to be as fit as possible and for the lads to know how we want to play.’

He ended by saying that in short this summer we have ‘virtually rebuilt half the squad’ so it is going to take time for everyone to gel properly and find their feet, but living together in our tour of Germany would make a huge difference in that because the players will be constantly together and bantering as well as continuing to work ahead of the new season.

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