This is our final pre season game before Stoke match?
i know many think pre-season is just about fitness but i disagree. The utter lack of strength in our opposition in pre-season leads me to believe that Stoke away is going to be a serious slap in the face.It seems like mollycuddling to me.IMO
No, there is Swindon planned the day after, but I suspect that will be the Reserves playing that, so maybe technically yes
We played top opposition last pre-season and look how that turned out for us. I agree that it'd be good for us to play against at least one good team but it doesn't have a direct effect on success for the coming season.
Yea, because I bet the boys have all forgotten what it's like to play against a premier league side.
I also would have liked to see have see us play some better sides but then I guess you can slo look back on last years pre-season when I recall we drew 2-2 with City (winning on pens) and then smashed Dortmund 4-0 at Anfield in our last game. And then we were shi...te so it's hard to really say one way or another. I'd still rather we played a quality side or two though.
I know what you mean, but these tours are as much about giving back to the fans all over the world who only get to watch on TV most of the time.The fitness is most important, and the new players getting to know thier new teammates and manager, and giving young fellas a taste of tours and away games.
That's fair enough. I just feel that , as it gets closer to the start of the season, the strength of the opposition should be increased. This (IMO) would give us a better indication of the strength of character in certain players, and the team as a whole.
I'm sure for novices like fans you could draw those conclusions but for Brendan, the Coaches and the stats guys they know where they need to be before the season starts. It's great to see good results against the big teams in pre season but it means nothing other than false bragging rights.
at the Arsenal celebrating with the emerites cup. Our lads were embarrassed when we got that trophy in the 1st friendly. I liked that. Kolo was all smiles trying to hand the trophy round and no chunto wanted it. .
I didn't actually mean big teams, in fact the game coming up will be a good run out , as the opposition are in the middle of their season and top if the league.Scandinavian teams are usually a good start for pre-season (IMO) . They have a high fitness level and would be competitive. Also we have a huge following there. We could still have a one -off in Asia to appease the money men and our Asian fans.Also, with all pre -season games shown live these days, players confidence can eroded before a ball has been kicked for real. people say these games don't matter but they do i'm afraid.I don't remember ( and feel free to correct me if i'm wrong) any player looking poor in pre-season , and then suddenly turning it on as soon as the season started. You can usually see most of what your getting in these games.
Everyone think this rather than Swindon is going to have more first teamers? That been confirmed?