Assistant Boss looks back on first pre-season game
Shrewsbury Town’s Pre-Season campaign got underway with Town’s first game coming against Kidderminster Harriers.
Town fielded separate starting 11’s each half and managed to notch three goals against the Harriers.
Assistant manager John Filan was pleased with the manor result and felt the squad showed signs of understanding the management’s playing style.
“We have had a couple weeks now of work in Pre-Season but nothing can replace playing football against opposition in a proper set up,” Filan said.
“We had two teams out which was good. The conditions were difficult, the pitch wasn’t great but I think we applied ourselves pretty well overall and it’s something we can build on.
“We got of to a quick start and got some goals. We could have had a lot more to be honest. We were impressed with some of the effort of the players.
“We saw little shoots of understanding of what the manager wants, that is what we’re looking for at the start. So, overall a good exercise and we move on.”
During the game four trialists were given the opportunity to impress the management and Filan felt a game environment was the best way to assess the players.
“People can come in and train if they are trialists and you can have a look but there is no comparison to seeing them in a game situation,” the Assistant Manager said.
“Some questions have been answered on all players and others have probably popped up but that is what Pre-Season is about.”
Town now look ahead to visiting Ashton Gate as they prepare to face Bristol City in the second game of the Pre-Season campaign and the third against Burnley. Filan gave his thoughts on the up coming test.
“We will look forward to the first game first,” Filan said.
“There is no point looking too far ahead. We will get back, have a couple more days of training and then we will get out again.
“We can tighten up a few areas and speak about it and then we have 90 minutes to work with.”