BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: HUDDERSFIELD 1-4 STAGS
Stags win behind-closed-doors friendly
mansfieldtown.net, 10th July 2014
Fisher, Palmer, Rhead and a trialist striker score in a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.
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Our first team kicked off their pre-season campaign with an impressive 4-1 victory away at Huddersfield Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier today.
It was a good day for our frontmen as Alex Fisher opened his account for the club, whilst Ollie Palmer and Matt Rhead were also on the score-sheet along with an un-named trialist striker.
Those trialists who featured in this afternoon’s encounter in West Yorkshire could now participate in Saturday’s match against local rivals Notts County at One Call Stadium.
Player/Assistant Manager Adam Murray, who also played, said afterwards: “It’s the first time we’ve put the lads into a game situation and we wanted to make sure we carried on the work-ethic and the fitness side of things that we’ve been working on in the previous days.
“Only a couple [of trialists played] as we’re obviously looking for specific positions at the minute, but our job is to identify people who fit into those positions and make sure that over the next few weeks we look at people to put the best product out there for the first game of the season.”
He continued: “We had a look at a goalkeeper today and we’ve got a few in line to look at who are highly-rated, but we don’t want to rush into anything because we understand it’s a big position for us and we need someone that’s going to come in and have the authority to lead the back-line.
“The lad was someone we may be able to have on loan from a higher club if we wanted. They’ve been kind enough to let us put him into our structure and way of doing things to see if he fits the bill, but in the coming seven days we’ll also be running our eyes closely over a couple [more goalkeepers] who we think can have a real impact here.”
manager Paul Cox on keeper situation:
“We had a boy in from Wolves against Huddersfield. ..."
MANSFIELD RUNOUT FOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
htafc.com, 10th July 2014
by David Threlfall-Sykes
Bunn’s Under-21s take on Stags’ First Team
The players got 45 or 70 minutes under their belts today, which they will benefit from"
Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn led his new charges for the first time this afternoon against a strong Mansfield Town side in a behind-closed-doors game at PPG Canalside.
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With the game level at 1-1 after 45 minutes - Daniel Carr with Town’s goal - the Stags pulled away against a young second-half Town team, eventually winning the game 4-1.
Regardless of the scoreline, Frankie - who was appointed Town’s new Senior Professional Development Coach late last week (click HERE for more information) - was happy with the first run-out of pre-season.
Among those to feature in the game were goalkeepers Lloyd Allinson and Ed Wilczynski; defenders Joe Wilkinson, Joe Wright and William Boyle; midfielders Jordan Sinnott, Sondre Tronstad, Philip Billing, Jake Charles and forwards Daniel Carr and Flo Bojaj.
The more experienced Jonathan Stead and Jake Carroll also played in the game.
Frankie told htafc.com:
“It doesn’t matter how much running and training you do - you always feel it in your first game. The players got 45 or 70 minutes under their belts today, which they will benefit from.
“The pre-season games are an important part of our preparations, as they are the only way that you can get back into a routine on the pitch in terms of which positions to take up. In training, the distances are sometimes shorter as you’re doing work on smaller-sized pitches.
“It was a learning experience for me too, as you discover what levels of fitness each player is working with; they’re all different. Ultimately, towards the start of the League season, they all have to be at the level that’s required to hit the ground running.
“Today’s game was against Mansfield’s First Team, so the standard of opposition was good for us. We coped quite well in the first half, but when the younger players came on in the second-half we got a little bit overpowered at times. It’s a learning curve for them though - that’s what our pre-season games are for.
“The Development Squad will be back in tomorrow and we’ll build the intensity on Saturday ahead of another behind-closed-doors game next week, during which we’ll progress the players from 45 minutes each to between 60 and 90 minutes.
“Its early days and people are still finding their feet, but today’s game has given us a base to build from - that’s what I was looking for.”
Liam Marsden @LiamMarsden94
Good to get 45 and a win today in the first pre season friendly
Oliver Palmer @OliverJPalmer
Always nice to get a goal in your first game back.. Big season ahead
Sam Clucas @samclucas
Good to be back chasing a ball and scoring again
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