PRE-SEASON DIARY: DAY 8 - MONDAY

  • Tue, Feb 03, 2009 @ 9:49

Looking out the window was a bit of a surprise. Snow everywhere. Training should be fun.

The training ground was covered with a light layer of snow which soon disappeared with a combination of the warm-up and the sun breaking through the clouds every now and again.

With Dave Fagan taking us through one of the worst warm ups this season it felt like it was much longer than the 15 minutes Dave was given by the Gaffer.

Maybe that wasn't a bad thing because first up for us was a ‘Fartlek' run. Another 20 minute run where the Gaffer takes the pace and ups the speed at different intervals.

Everyone's fitness is definitely improving with every day because there's a definite lack of heavy breathing after these runs.

It was onto the ball work after a 5 minutes break for drinks and stretching. The keepers were told to get some handling and goalkeeping work done while the rest of the squad was put through a few possession games by the Gaffer and Pesch.

20 minutes of goalkeeping work later and we were joined by the squad to do some more ball work. We were going to do some 1v1's and 2v2's.

The outfielders were split into 2 teams and on the Gaffers shout one or two players would do a sprint and then into the middle of the pitch where the Gaffer fed the ball to one of the players.

He then had to get past the opposing player and try and score. It's a good exercise for working on your sprinting over 10-15 yards and getting the ball and making good decisions as you're tiring.

When we finished this exercise, we made the pitch bigger and had an 8v8 game. 2 good defensive performances meant the game finished 1-1.

Anthony Costigan took today's warm down and with the snow falling, it didn't last too long. Although he did seem to be influenced by some of the older lads who wanted to get in out of the cold and try and get the feeling back into their toes.

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