Blues manager Alan Reynolds meets young Blues fan, Ben Collins, at Graun Park.
It was a second win in pre-season for Waterford FC at the RSC on Friday night last as Blues boss Alan Reynolds was again pleased with what he saw as his side proved too good for First Division opposition Wexford FC but admitted that there is still a lot of work to be done.
After a lone goal success over Tramore on a freezing night at the seaside three days previous, this was a different level of performance from the Blues as they looked that bit sharper as over 500 supporters got their first proper look with some eye-catching displays from Bastien Héry and Gavan Holohan.
Speaking after the game on Friday night, the Blues manager said, “I think that we’re building to where we need to be and I was happy with the first-half display. The lads trained very hard once again on Thursday and some of them probably felt the pressure as they are still getting used to our new regime.
“We have to get the players up to a level where I think that some of the players were feeling it a bit during the first half. Having said that we had a good tempo in the first-half and we did not pick up any injuries. We are working on the idea of pressing when we don’t have the ball and when to press to win the ball back.
“I think what was important to me was when to press and when not to press the ball. As a group I thought that they were very good at that. Players like Bastien Hery, Paul Keegan and David Webster are doing well in the middle and they are talking to the other players and driving people on which is maybe something that we didn’t have last season.
“After all the training we have done in recent weeks they are crying out for games and they are getting used to each other. I am delighted to have gotten in Stanley Aborah. We have been looking at him for some time and he will bring a lot of experience to the squad.
“I spoke with the Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook about him and was raving about him. When we get him up to speed he will excite the fans because he is a playmaker. We have yet to get Garry Comerford and Kenny Browne fit and they will add greatly to our squad when they regain fitness.
“These games are fine but it’s all about the first league game of the season. We know it will be played at one hundred miles an hour and it will be helter-skelter stuff and we are aware that is coming down the line. There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us but I am very pleased the way things are going.”