Reading - A Very Useful Evening
Manager Paul Tisdale has described our narrow one nil loss to Reading in our last pre season friendly as being a very useful evening as we continue our preparations for the coming 2014-15 campaign.
Reading did win via an early first half goal, but there were plenty of positives for Tisdale to have taken from the game and he used the match to switch the teams focus around in terms of tactics, so speaking to the Official Site he explained.
'We played two very different styles in the first and second halves, and we've learned a lot from it. We've been working a lot on our formation in the last two weeks and it has highlighted some of the things we have to work on and some of the things we're doing quite well with. It's about trying to get players in their best positions to try and get the most out of them, and it's about finding the right slot for players. In all those areas, it's a very useful evening because we've learnt a lot and clarified a few points.'
Tisdale goes on to say that having a game DVD to show and refer to now when talking to the players it can help illustrate his point far better on where we need to improve, and the different decisions they need to take at times so we are less vulnerable, but overall even with the things we need to improve on, he still felt it was a 'really good performance.'
The gaffer himself knows that fans watching will have preferred the second half, because we were more attacking and tried to be open and free flowing and he knows it made for a more entertaining game, but he knows the first half was a very competent showing as well - aside from the goal.
The other bright point was the introduction of 17 year old Alex Byrne who was last on the pitch in the U18 draw against Manchester City where he was named Man of the Match.
'Alex is going to be a very good player, he's another that's coming through and has been training with the first team. He's still only 17 but he has a future ahead of him and still has a lot to learn and understand, but he's in a very good starting position for us.'