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Pressley: It was a worthwhile exercise

19 July 2016

Manager pleased with clean sheet in hard-fought draw

Manager Steven Pressley was pleased to see Fleetwood Town start their Holland fixture schedule with a clean sheet in a worthwhile exercise against Fortuna Sittard.

It was the first of two games in 36 hours for the Cod Army and with that in mind Pressley mixed-up his squad as well as giving many carrying slight knocks a rest.

The Cod Army created chances to win the match and kept a hard-earned clean sheet, and Pressley felt his side got what they needed to from the game.

"In terms of the result I want to win games but it's the first clean sheet in three games so I'm really pleased with that aspect," said Pressley.

"The grass out here was a little bit long and the lack of an irrigation system made it a little bit slow at times.

"But in terms of what we got out of it from a conditioning points of view i thought it was great.

"There were a number of plusses for us, it was a very worthwhile excersice."

Both teams battled in soaring heat in Holland, and Pressley believes working hard in the hot conditions will benefit his squad for the season ahead.

"I've been looking at the forecast for the last couple of days and I was delighted," he said.

"Having to work so hard in these conditions will really help our fitness and ultimately that's what this is all about.

"it will all help come August 6th."

Town travelled to Holland on Sunday morning and have done little more than eat, sleep, train and repeat during their time there.

But Pressley has been happy with how the tour has gone so far.

"It's all going really well so I'm delighted," said Pressley.

"We are in a very isolated hotel which allows us to concentrate on the job in hand.

"The food is excellent, the staff at the hotel couldn't have helped us anymore and the sessions have been really productive with the players' application so far first class.

"Overall it's been a valuable exercise."

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