David Flitcroft is happy with his team’s pre-season schedule, but wishes there were less injuries.
Bury Manager, David Flitcroft has said that his teams pre-season was set back with a few injuries that they picked up after their training camp in Tenerife.
However, he believes that this week will be important to look at the teams final fitness levels before the kick-off of their Sky Bet League One campaign, starting away at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 8thAugust at 3pm.
Talking after Saturday’s friendly win over Preston North End, the Gaffer said: “I was happy with the start of pre-season, in Tenerife I took the lads to a level I’ve never taken them to before.
“Then we came back and picked up a couple of injuries which set us back a bit, but we’re into our last phase now.
“We’re going into a phase that tailed off a bit last week, looking at sharpness and reaction times.”
He has confirmed however, that there weren’t any serious injuries they were just niggles that have only taken a week or so off their schedule.
However, Flitcroft admitted the schedule was meant to be hard including some very tough friendlies against teams that were going to give it their all, and make it a contest.
He explained: “The pre-season program was designed to be tough, sometimes in friendlies you don’t get given a tough test, it almost turns into five-a-side football, but that didn’t happen today.
“I’ve been happy with the intensity of all the games we’ve played, the Morecambe game was the best we’ve looked on the ball, we looked very disciplined against Blackburn Rovers, but today against Preston was a full on onslaught.”
Now the team are in their final week before their league opener away at the Keepmoat Stadium, they will play a game today against Accrington Stanley at Carrington and then get down to planning every aspect of the match.
He said: “It will be meticulous preparation now we’ve got this game out of the way, it starts tomorrow (Sunday) getting the intel in from Doncaster’s last game.
“We have a game arranged against Accrington Stanley, which will give me a chance to play Andrew Tutte, Jacob Mellis and give Trialist Reece Brown, Hallam Hope and Chris Sedgwick some more game time as well.
“After that we’ll detail what we are going to do against Doncaster and how we’re going to go there and attack and defend against a very good side.”
Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft from Saturday’s match against Preston North End below: -