Wish I could be as chilled as you, Ian. Accepting the main purpose of friendlies is to build up match witness and develop and understanding with new team-mates, surely there are benefits to confidence and morale by scoring, creating the goal or keeping a clean sheet, even in a friendly? Assuming Mike Jackson hasn't settled on his preferred starting xi yet, there are some trying to cement their place in the side and you'd hope they are competitive in putting forward a claim for a first team shirt.I can’t believe how serious people are taking friendly games. The players are just strolling around for fitness. There is no competitive edge. Relax. The team will be fit and ready for the season.
I too can see both sides, but last season's poor start (which continued for several months) was due to a sub-standard squad. Only when we spent the FA Cup money and the new players started to gel did we start to show our true calibre. On paper, this squad is better than this time last year. I expect results to improve over the next few games once they are match fit and we field settled teams.I can see both sides of the coin but tend to agree with Boz - a 3-0 loss to Warrington who are also not fully fit etc. is just not something I think is acceptable pre-season or not.
we weren't very good last pre seasonMy experience over the years is that very good pre-season results are usually followed by a poor season and vice-versa. It would be interesting to see if the stats back that up! Therefore, I'm not disappointed at all by this result and a defeat to a lower level side will certainly help us to focus. A lot more beneficial than a complacency generating comfortable victory by Rovers which would have been a fairly pointless waste of time.