Graham Turner’s thoughts after the 0-0 draw at Evesham United
Town started their pre-season match programme with a trip down the M5 to take on Evesham United.
It was a good work out for Graham Turner’s side with all the available outfield players getting an early taste of match action.
In the end the game ended a draw, Town put in an impressive performance of possession but they couldn’t top that off by converting one of the number of chances they created.
After the game manager Graham Turner spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the game:”It was a good work out and we had enough chances to have scored and won the game.
“I think that was the only disappointment as we came up against a side that were well organised with a number of useful players, so for our first match of the pre-season schedule I thought it was a really good exercise.
“In terms of the fitness exercise it was good, in terms of working on the passing and movement it was good, although at times we did put a little too much on the final ball.
“It was a good pre-season game and we will take a number of positives out of the workout.”
Town created a number of good openings with Morgan, Doble, Gornell and Bradshaw all having decent chances to grab a goal. There were also good chances spread through the side but at times the decision making meant a chance passed by:”We had good build up and good movement at times but it was that final pass or that final decision to shoot or try to beat someone and on several occasions we made the wrong decision.”
Town were captained by young Connor Goldson who took the armband and led by example with a solid performance in the heart of defence:”It makes a change for young player to take the armband and it gives him that bit more responsibility.
“He played the full 90 minutes and did ok for us.”
In goal it was Joe Anyon who got the nod to start and ended up playing the full 90 minutes. GT revealed that this was always his plan but Chris Weale will get his chance in the upcoming home games:”It was always the plan to play Joe for the full game as keepers tend to appreciate playing a full game rather than chopping and changing them.
“It’s not physically demanding on them rather a more concentration thing if they do get the full game.
“Chris Weale had an injury at the end of last season when on loan at Northampton and has spent the summer rehabilitating. He’s looking good and looking fit but we are just taking that little bit of extra care of him.”
Town now play a string of home games with Birmingham, Leicester and Wolves all coming to the Greenhous Meadow. The gaffer is looking forward to getting back to Town’s home base and the wide pitch:”It will be nice to play at home and get out on our big wide pitch; I think tonight some players found it hard to run with the ball.
“That stopped us at times from breaking out as much as we would have liked to as the pitch was a little bubbly.
“When we play at home on Tuesday it will be a decent surface with wide open spaces and we hope to get back into the grove of playing at home.
“Matt Richards and Reuben Hazell should be available on Tuesday and that will be good to have them back.”