Louis Langdown talks to us about Pre-Season.
AFC Totton’s manager Louis Langdown talks to the clubs website about his sides return to action this evening, when they play their opening pre season friendly at Brockenhurst (7.45pm).
The lads have been back training for just over a week. How are they looking after the first few sessions?
I think the players have missed the football as much as ourselves and there is the usual buzz and excitement of pre-season, being back with your pals and playing the sport you love in the sunshine, perfect . The lads look trim and ready for a tough 6 weeks, I think as we are a small group and with the majority having done a pre-season with us last year they probably knew they couldn’t come back out of shape. To be fair I’ve seen plenty of video’s of them doing fitness work in the lead up to returning and it’s been a very good first week at Wellow.
How have the new boys been settling in?
Very well as expected. We brought in 4 new faces and right away you can see their personalities positively impacting the group. These are good experienced players that have always left good impressions on supporters and team mates when they have moved on from others clubs. This is a pretty good acid test of their characters and we never thought they wouldn’t do anything but fit perfectly into our group.
What are you looking for from the players at Brockenhurst?
It’s pretty simple, we are looking for players to try things, to play with no pressure and some freedom. It’s a training session after all, this is the start of 7 games that give us the chance to try different formations and work on patterns of play against good opposition. We are focused on giving everyone a chance to play in their favoured position and we want to settle on a formation we are confident in playing, and provide opportunitues to adapt in the season as and when we have to. Of course we have a number of trialists and younger players that we need to watch play and that means giving them plenty of game time. A lot of players will only do 45 minutes, it’s the usual protocol for pre-season and it’s about improving fitness, tactical patterns of play, and team bonding, so for me we will tick all these boxes during the night at Brockenhurst.