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A Stronger Test

15 July 2016

Head Coach happy with Welsh friendly.

"We conceded a sloppy goal early on, but played well after that and scored a really good goal. We could have got more, but the first half was a great test for us.

"Airbus had a bit more experience and got the ball forward into attacking areas more quickly to play from there, so it was more like a league game in terms of the challenges the team faced.

"It was a step up in level for the lads and a different type of game to the other two that we've had," John told the official website on Friday morning.

Facing the Welsh Premier League side, John took the opportunity to test a different system for his players and also play with ten men in the dying stages as Kurtis Guthrie was taken off as a precautionary measure.

Colchester United Head Coach John McGreal was pleased to see his side run out 3-2 winners against Airbus UK Broughton, in what was a step up in level for his players.
"We changed the system at half time to give us something different if we need it during the course of the season and we ran out 3-2 winners, but could have had more in the second half."

"He should be fine and it gave us another chance in the last part of the game to try playing with ten men."

John is also confident that Kurtis Guthrie's injury picked up in the second half is not serious, as he finished by saying: "He took a bang on the hip area in what should probably have been a penalty.

"We'll be getting the balls out again today and then tomorrow will be on a themed topic about the way we're trying to get the boys to play, before we come back on Saturday afternoon."

"They've all had a jog already at 7.30 this morning, had breakfast and gone back to rooms, before resuming training at half ten," John continued.

The match was played at a good intensity but, as is the way in pre-season, there's a good intensity to preparations and that meant an early start for the players on Friday.

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