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An Honour For The Club And Players

6 September 2013

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Paul Dickov told the Official Website that having four internationals away on international duty is an honour for both the club and the individual players.

Paul revealed that he believed that the international break was good for him as he analyses the game against Bournemouth ahead of the trip to Huddersfield.



“On reflection, after last weekend, this international break is probably a good thing,” he said


“It has given me the chance to get over it and look at the game a few times to analyse it. 


“What I am not going to do, after only six games, is talk about tiredness but what I think has happened with players who came in late; Reece Wabara, Ross Turnbull and Theo Robinson, is that they have suffered from not having a pre-season and little game time before joining.


“On Saturday it started to catch up with them a little bit. What these two weeks do is allow the players who came in late to catch up with the rest of the squad.


“With regards to the players who are out on international duty, I keep in contact while they are away to find out how they are training and doing fitness wise.


“Young Luke (McCullough) only joined up with the Northern Irish Under 21 squad on Thursday so he has trained with us this week - he has had the benefit of being with the squad.


“Dean (Furman) and Bongani (Khumalo) will return next Tuesday after playing in South Africa’s World Cup qualifier. I spoke to the South African manager at length about the need for them to get them back here as soon as possible rather than playing in the second game, which is a friendly.


“He agreed which I would like to thank him for as we have a big game at Huddersfield next week.


“Unfortunately Theo (Robinson) won’t be back until Thursday next week as he has two World Cup games.


“I would rather have them here but it’s a great honour for them and the club, so we have to live with it.


“It’s fantastic for the club that we have four international players on duty this weekend.”


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