Date: 27th July 2014 at 5:57pm
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Manager Neal Ardley has said he’s delighted with the continuing progress that Wimbledon are now making in pre season as the Woking game saw us hit seven goals in our last three friendlies.

Matt Tubbs, Sean Rigg and Ade Azeez are all now off the mark and speaking to the Official Site following the game, Ardley said that he’s now seeing strong signs that the newbies are really started to gel and click with the rest of the team and that’s a huge positive at this stage of our pre season preparations.

‘Last season we spent periods when we were on top but we never looked like we would score a goal. But today we did not have the ball for long spells, but we looked like we could score. The finishes from Matt and Sean were great and they are things that I’ve seen a lot of in training, it’s nice to see that we have attacking potency.’

Ardley goes on to say that the players have been putting a lot of work into our shape and attacking penetration, because he wants them all to be on the same wavelength this season when we do go forward.

‘When it comes to decision making you need players to make the right decisions and produce quality. George Francomb had that to put the first goal on a plate for Matt. For the second goal, Sean has regularly finished like that in training, he has a wonderful left foot. We’ve done a lot of work in training on producing in the final third and that showed today.’

Mark Phillips did get the nod for his non competitive debut for us, and the gaffer went on to say that he was very pleased with his showing at the back, especially as in terms of sharpness he is a fortnight behind the other players and whilst he was expecting his lack of comparative fitness to show, he doesn’t think it did and that’s a huge bonus moving forward.

‘It’s great for him that he’s got those minutes in, if he can get 90 minutes next week then he will feel that he’s ready.’

The only real disappointment following the game is that Ardley would’ve liked us to boss possession better than we did, but even though they had plenty of the ball he felt we restricted them well and that they didn’t really open us up or cause us many problems in any event.

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