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Holland diary - day seven

23 July 2016

The squad fly back to England after their final friendly

They say all good things come to an end, and for Fleetwood and their players the week in Holland was certainly worthwhile.

While the results may not read particularly healthily, boss Steven Pressley was delighted with the fitness his players have gained and the lessons they learned against some top-class opposition.

Today’s game, particularly, in the first half couldn’t have been any different to the run-out against Alkmaar three days earlier, Fleetwood were actually the better side.

Only a couple of decent blocks and a decent save from a David Ball effort stopped the side going in comfortably ahead at the break.

On the final day the squad were spared their 8am morning run, instead given a lie-in…until 9!

Once up they went into a pre-match meal and team meeting before boarding the coach for the hour-long trip to a decent little set-up at De Treffers FC.

While it may have been the home to a non-league Dutch side, the facilities were anything but, superb in fact.

In the game we faced Roda JC who finished 16th in the Holland top flight last season, and a line-up which they described as ‘all but full strength’.

Unlike the game against AZ Alkmaar it was a very tight affair with Fleetwood much the better side in the first half, in the end only a long-range effort beat us, all-in-all it was a very decent display and one which will give everyone in the camp real hope.

So as we sit on the plane ready to depart Dutch soil for home, we leave a fitter, stronger and more together group ready for the finally few friendlies before the start of the season.
A good trip all round.

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