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Coughlan On Facing Brighton At Roots Hall

24 July 2017

Assistant Manager Graham Coughlan says tomorrow’s friendly against Brighton & Hove Albion will be a good test for the season ahead.

Blues welcome the Premier League side to Roots Hall having played Braintree Town, Bishop’s Stortford and Ebbsfleet United so far in pre-season.

And Coughlan expects Blues to have less of the ball which will be a good learning curve ahead of Blackburn Rovers on 5th August.

“It’s an exciting test with a Premier League team in town,” he said.

“They did brilliantly last year to stay the course, they have two or three new signings and a couple coming back from injury.

“They’re free-flowing, as they showed by scoring six on Saturday against Crawley, so to say it will be a tough test might be an understatement.

“It will be a really good game for us to be fair and it might be a game that we don’t see as much of the ball as we’re normally used to, so that alone will make it a very good exercise on shape, patience and being compact.

“The pre-season games we’ve gone into in the past we’ve gone into as favourites.

“We’ve been looking to get forward, be adventurous, create chances and score goals but they may be at a premium tomorrow given the calibre of the opposition.

“The lads are looking forward to it, it’s great to have a Premier League in town and they’re a team that are very good with the ball so if we’re loose we will get punished.

“If we made one or two mistakes previously you may find we got away with it but I would suggest if we make one or two mistakes tomorrow night we won’t.”


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