Yates - Plenty Of Wolves Positives
Despite seeing Cheltenham lose our opening pre season friendly of the summer when we faced Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday evening, manager Mark Yates knows he can take plenty of positives from the match.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game, he explained.
'That was our first run out and I think it was full of really positive stuff. I think 3-1 was a fair result and it was encouraging to see the young lads at the end. They were knocking it about well, we've only been in 10 days and I think they've already taken on board what we're after which is really good. There's lots to work on but the attitude and the work rate and the determination to do well is certainly there.'
Yates goes on to say that previously in pre season campaigns we have set up less testing games to begin with, but this time round he wanted to do something different and really push the players in a more competitive friendly to help identify things that need to be worked on with more gusto ahead of the League Two campaign opening properly in August, and he knows we certainly got that from Wolves.
Clearly this one was about looking at how we coped without the ball and defended, Wolves had the greater possession and were more free flowing in attack, and the gaffer admits that as other games cycle round they have been set up with things in mind so we can test scenarios we will face during the season. Some games we'll have to be on the ball in defence, other games will be there for us to try and shine in attack and that's how he's approaching things.
'The effort the lads put in was outstanding. We fell asleep for a couple of moments at the end of the first half but I would rather than happen now and we learn from it than it happen on the first day of the season.'
The gaffer goes on to say that pre season for him really is all about game time and getting players minutes on the pitch so he can really learn about them as a group, and get them working on things in training and starting to put that into practice on the pitch, and on that score he was again pleased because those glimpses started coming through in the main for him.