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Dean: We've Had A Good Start

19 July 2012

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Managers Dean Saunders spoke to the press ahead of the games against Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

Two games in to the busy pre-season schedule, Dean has expressed delight at the performances his side have shown, but admits he is still short on the player front.

‘We’ve had a good start to pre-season; I thought the first half performance on Tuesday night against Grimsby was probably the best since I have been here. The football we played was fantastic and we scored three goals - the second half of the game showed how short we are.

‘We have to get the right players in that can do everything. The pitches are not always going to be perfect throughout the season and weather sometimes affects how you play, so you have to be able to scrap your way through games as well as play.

‘I’m trying to balance the squad so if we need to play a certain way, we have got the right players to do it – I think we need a big striker and a couple of centre backs who are dominant too.

‘We have put offers in for people, we know that the answers aren’t going to come quick, but if the offers are accepted we still have to assess the situation.’

Dean was casting his watchful eye over trialists that had been invited down to train with the squad, however he admits that it is a difficult situation for the boys involved.

‘We’ve had a couple of trialists here, Amari Morgan-Smith has got through the games, he’s had a few problems with his back, but he’s got through ok but I do think he can do better.

‘Greg McDermott has left the club, we only saw him play for half an hour and forty five minutes, so it’s hard to impress.’

Looking forward to the game on Saturday, Dean is undecided on how to approach the game and is looking to assess the situation after Friday’s training session.

‘I’ve been thinking about the possibility of training a bit more ahead of the game, and playing team mixed with younger players and trialists on Saturday.

‘I’ll make a final decision probably tomorrow morning whether we go out with a full out attack with two groups of players going in or a blend of young players and trialists.’



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