Worksop Town gaffer Craig Denton reflects on a very impressive 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday’s under 23’s. Goals from Lynton Karkach and Craig Mitchell helped the Tigers get a much deserved draw in a tough match for the home side.
Denton was happy with how the lads handled the game, and thought the lads have had a great start to the pre-season on and off the field.
The manager expressed the importance of not messing with the squad too much, as well as giving every player as much game-time as possible.
“We knew Sheffield Wednesday play with a high tempo and move the ball about really well. They’re going to play on the front-foot, I thought we dealt with the game very well. First-half we matched them in terms of possession, a little bit disappointed in second. We went from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 we had tinkle about – some thing’s worked out and other things didn’t, but that is part and parcel of pre-season.
“At the minute, I’m happy with the lads we have, they could do a little more off the field in terms drinking and eating right. Apart from that, we need to see these games out that are coming thick and fast. Game time is key for the lads to be ready for the new season. After saying that, it’s up to lads to give what we want out of them.”
With four games in just over a week, Denton spoke again about the importance of match fitness which is probably one of the reasons for these games that are coming thick and fast.
The key out of pre-season is to physically and mentally prepare the lads for what will hopefully, be another memorable season.
Denton continued; “There will be one or two changes in terms of rotation. There will be different players playing alongside each other who don’t usually play together. I won’t mess about with the selection too much because the lads need consistency and that’s what we will give them, but we have 23 players now and some will fall by the way-side and will not make the 16 for the first game of the season. I’ve got to try and give everyone minutes under their belt and get as prepared as possible for the upcoming season.”
By Luke Atherton