Warren Feeney emphasised that tonight’s game at Champion Hill is another chance for the squad to catch the eye of the management duo as well as continuing to work on their fitness ahead of the new campaign.
The Reds travel to south London this evening to face Dulwich Hamlet after a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea at the weekend and the Assistant Coach pointed to the contest being another opportunity for players to force their way into the pair’s plans.
“We travel to Dulwich Hamlet with the intention of continuing to work on the fitness of the lads because that’s the most important thing at the moment.
“Some of the boys got 60 or 70 minutes at the weekend, and some didn’t, so we’ll look to mix it around again.
“It’s obviously also a chance for the boys to impress,” he continued.
“People may look at the side on Saturday and begin to think that it’s set in stone, but the boss is a good thinker and there’s a lot of places that are still up for grabs with a lot of games left before the league campaign starts.
“It’s good that we’ll get into a weekly routine with midweek matches too (Saturday – Tuesday) because the first few months of every Football League season are always busy and you always want to hit the ground running.
“It’s about making sure the boys are ready for that – and we’ve been putting them through intense sessions.
“It’s all about making sure they’re sharp and ready and Tuesday evening is another opportunity to do that.”
The weekend’s game against the West London side was the first time Warren and Harry had taken to the home dugout at the Checkatrade Stadium, and despite being on the touchline before, the Northern Irishman admitted it was nice to be in the home technical area for the first time.
“It was good, obviously I’d been in the away dugout before but working with the new boss here and being on the other side of the tunnel was nice,” he said.
“You start to get that feeling of familiarity then and I thought it was a good performance and a positive result.”
Tonight’s game also sees forward Panutche Camara return to his former club after joining the Reds during the summer – and Warren was keen to highlight the young striker’s talent.
“Panutche will be going back to his old team and I think he has bundles of ability.
“It’s a good opportunity to show me and the manager what he can do and get into our thoughts.
“That goes for all the squad and they’re all fighting to try and make that first eleven of the season.”
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