Irvine Pleased With Shrewsbury Win
Head coach Alan Irvine has declared himself pleased following our two one win over Shrewsbury Town last night, but admitted we have a long way to go still before we can say we are ready for the Premier League kick off on August 16.
Goals from Victor Anichebe and Youssouf Mulumbu gave us the win at the Greenhous Meadow, and Irvine believes we came out as worthy winners, but far more importantly than that, it was a good run out for a lot of the players and Shrewsbury proved to be the test he wanted at this stage of our plans.
Speaking to wba.co.uk following the game, Irvine said of his first public game in charge - given our earlier friendly was behind closed doors against Bury.
'It was a good workout. Shrewsbury are ahead of us in terms of their training so obviously it was going to be a test for our boys physically. We wanted to get a few of the players on for a bit longer than we managed at the weekend (Bury). Everybody did get 45 minutes at the weekend and we were looking to see if we could get a few more minutes into a number of the lads. It's still early days, there was a real mixed bag out there.'
Irvine goes on to say that during the 90 minutes, we did do a lot of nice and good things that pleased him, and he thought our two goals were good and that we created some good chances with good moves, but of course at other points we were very careless and sloppy, and gave the ball away far too much for his liking - but he knows that's the stage we are at at this minute, so it's something to be worked on rather than screamed about.
'These are things you're hoping will improve as the lads train a bit more and certainly as we do a bit more work with them.'
With two games behind us now and just over a week training since people first returned, the gaffer also says he's pretty happy with the progress we have made so far, and he's been very pleased with the application and attitude of the players so far but.
'There's loads to be done, there's absolutely no question about that. But I'm delighted with how it's gone so far. We do need the time during pre season to put things in place.'
In terms of his own impact, and style of play and what he wants tactically, he admits that will come in the next few weeks as initially the focus is purely on fitness and endurance, and tactical work has been minimal but will of course step up massively now we have this week behind us, and he expects a lot of that work to come whilst we are in the USA.
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