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Moore: Every second counts in pre-season

15 August 2020

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Darren Moore has said he wants his players to shake of the rustiness of a long close-season when they take on Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

The players will be playing 45 minutes each as they play the first match of their pre-season programme.

“What I want from this game is for the players to play 45 minutes in two teams and to get football specific movements,” said Moore.

“I want them to get used to the ball again and I want them to get refocused with game play.

“With the time they’ve had off, that’s been a long, long time, so for me it’s just about getting rid of all that rustiness and we need games to get rid of the rustiness.”

On Thursday, the EFL announced that while the Sky Bet League One season will start on September 12, cup matches will start on the weekend of September 5  shortening pre-season by one week.

“We’ve got to try and get as much out of these six weeks as we possibly can – it hasn’t been ideal but we’re getting on with it and we’ll make the best use out of this time,” added Moore.

“We’ll be putting the working to ensure we’re in the best possible condition ahead of the new campaign.

“Every single day and every single minutes matters now. Work will really start to pick up now that the group is together as one and you can start working on principles and dynamics for the season.”

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