Manager on tomorrow night's game
John Ward believes that tomorrow night’s game against Derby County will provide a good measure for his team.
The manager believes it will be a good game for the supporter and a good test for the players.
He said: “They have scored 11 goals in their previous two pre-season games, so it is a bit scary really.
“It is a great situation for my players, as if they want to progress in their own individual careers, they will look at Derby County and Reading and say that these are the level we have to step up to first, and there is another level above that.
“It will be a great game for supporters, and a great game for the players to find out how close or how far away we might be.”
And the manager is pleased with the fitness levels of his squad going into these pre-season games.
He said: “We are where I want us to be as a squad in general in terms of fitness levels. Now we are in to match practice and match fitness, as whatever I do in training I cannot replicate a game.
“The games now are taking priority and it is the final thing the players have to come through to be ready for Exeter.”
Although the squad picked up two injury worries on Tuesday night; Jim Paterson who suffered a fractured fibula and Ryan Brunt who is seeing a specialist to determine what is wrong with his knee.
John said: “Jim has fractured his fibula so that is going to keep him out for a minimum of six weeks.
“That is a big disappointment for me and for him, as he came back sharp and worked hard and an innocuous situation at Hereford on Tuesday and over he goes.
“Ryan Brunt will see a specialist today, and we will know what is happening over the next 24 hours.
“We think there is a floating piece of bone around the knee which causes discomfort when it catches or stops, and that may have to be removed.”
And although the manager would be keen to strengthen, he knows that he has to stick within the Football League budget regulations.
He said: “I have got to try and strengthen, but I have got limits as to what I can do because of the Football League regulations regarding payments.
“We have got to abide by those rules, and the strange thing is that all injured players are counted in the budget.
“It is the same situation with a loan player. We will look at all scenarios and see what we have got.”
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