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Preview: From the management team

2 August 2019

On the eve of the new EFL campaign, Kevin Bond, Gary Waddock and Svetoslav Todorov all gave their views on the trip to Coventry this weekend.

Here’s the full transcript from the management team's pre-match interview.

Bond on getting the season underway against Coventry on Saturday…

We’ve been pleased with the pre-season, it’s gone as well as we would have probably hoped. The preparation has been good and nearly everybody got through it OK, but the truth is you can never tell. You can have a great pre-season then not win a game and visa-versa, so you never really know, all the boys are in good spirits and they’re looking forward to it.

Waddock on the preparation over the past five weeks…

The players have worked really hard and from where we started to today there’s been an improvement, but we now have to take it into the league games and make sure that we produce it in them.

Todorov on if there’s still a feel-good factor around the club…

Yeah of course, this season we are looking to do better and for the boys to do better outside on the pitch.

Bond on getting momentum going again from the Sunderland game…

You gain it over a period of time. There’s been a long while since that fantastic day against Sunderland but we have to try and remember that as if it was yesterday. This is in effect our next league game from that one, I know it’s a bit quirky to say that, but in effect that is it what it is and we need to feed off that if we can. Start with a positive result and in order to build momentum you need to build results and that builds confidence.

Waddock on Coventry City…

We’ve watched them so we know what they are about, they’ve got an experienced manager but it’s about what we do. We have to go there and perform to try and get a result.

Todorov on going to St Andrew’s as a coach instead of player…

It’s a great ground and I think that the players will enjoy the game there.

On playing at a neutral venue…

It will be a plus for us, because Coventry will not be playing at their normal ground and that will be a plus.

Bond on the team’s spirit…

They need to play football with a smile on their face  and if you do that and you come off and you’ve enjoyed it, generally you’ve enjoyed it, and done well so the two go hand in hand. It’s a serious business and the boys have to enjoy what they are doing.

On team news for Saturday…

We’ve got Rob Kiernan who went over on his ankle yesterday and he’s done some damage to his ligaments, so he definitely won’t be fit. Out of the squad that we’ve had for the majority of pre-season he will be an omission, but we’ve had a couple of the boys who had long term injuries who joined back in training today for the first time, but Saturday will be too soon for them.

On Simon Cox and Timothee Dieng back running now…

It’s really good, speaking to Gary and Toddy they haven’t seen them at all and even Luke who has only trained in the last week. These guys haven’t seen them players at all as they’ve missed all of pre-season, so I think it’s good for them that they are joining in and back on the grass. That’s great for us and it’s good for these guys to get a look at them and when they are fit there will be competition for places.

Waddock on the aims and aspirations for the season…

Firstly to try and win Saturday, it’s the nearest game to us so we will approach that in a positive manner and try and take the good work that we’ve done during the pre-season performances to that game.

Bond on if this will be an away game for both teams Saturday…

Well you can only hope so, you don’t know how it will affect Coventry and hopefully it won’t affect us at all. It’s the only time for them if there are any disadvantages we need to capitalise on them, but they are really small margins. They will be massively up for it and at the end of the day you only get what you deserve, irrespective of venues, crowds and foreign pitches.

On what he feels is achievable this season…

I’ve said all along and it’s not avoiding the question, we come to work everyday and we want to challenge ourselves, we challenge ourselves everyday to put something on that’s not just going through the motions and just maintaining the players, we try and help them improve individually and collectively. I need the players to do that and come into training and challenge themselves no matter what age. They’ve shown a great attitude so far in pre-season and I think if we do the best we can then honestly wherever we finish I’ll be happy.

On Rob Kiernan’s injury…

His ankle is swollen up nasty because he’s gone over on it so its going to be, it only happened yesterday so I’m not sure exactly what the treatment will be in order to get him back as quickly as possible. It’s really disappointing for him as he had a wonderful pre-season in terms of all the work he’s done. Two days before the first game so I’m disappointed for him.

On Jason Demetriou’s injury…

It’s coming along and we’re hoping he might in some form be able to join in training in the next week to 10 days.


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