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Ralph Happy With First Week.
Tuesday, 16th Jul 2019 06:32
Ralph Hasenhuttl has expressed his satisfaction with the training camp and opening friendly in Austria.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl knows as much as anybody that at this stage pre season offers little insight into how your season will go, as the weeks progress things will fall into shape.
It is about getting things wrong now so you get them right on the opening day and building so that you hit the peak then not four weeks before.
On the surface it is difficult to see but underneath the manager will be seeing a lot.
This is what he had to say
"We have another topic now this week, and time to work. We have the China trip, so there is a little bit of travelling next week, but it's ok."
"It was the test we expected, after these hard training sessions, after this hard week, against an opponent who is one week from the start [of their season].
"It was a tough game. They showed they can also play good football.
"The first half both teams had a lot of chances and the second half it was a little bit less.
"It was an intense week, but finally at the end of it I have seen a few good things and a few things I didn't like, so it was exactly the test I wanted, and with no injuries, so it was good."
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Although not an avid collector, I recently catalogued my collection of football memorabilia and I have 175 items, mostly programmes, some fanzines, and a few ticket stubs which aren’t accompanied by anything else. I have no idea how many more may have been misplaced during house moves, clear-outs etc., but the collection spans nearly 30 years (the earliest is the programme from our 1990 Boxing Day game against Barnet at Layer Rd), and is almost universally Colchester United related (though not quite all of it). I have decided to try and put this to some use, by choosing one at random prior to each match and writing a short article about the match, maybe the programme, and even any personal recollections I have of the game (notwithstanding enforced enfeeblement due to excessive libation). I will try and do this ahead of each game this season, but my apologies in advance if I don’t quite achieve that.
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