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Josh Wilson talks about pre-season

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 5 May 2014
Posted in First Team

The midfielder played another 45 minutes for the Shaymen as the club beat Barnsley 2-0 in their second pre-season friendly.

The former Guiseley man grabbed a goal against Tadcaster Albion and put in a solid performance against a poor Barnsley side. But at this stage in the year, Wilson said he just wants to keep working on his fitness.

“At the beginning of each pre-season it is nice to be eased into games.

“You can speak to any of the lads, as honest as they are, they can tell you they won’t want to play 90 minutes in succession in pre-season. It is a steady climb to get ready for match fitness.

“I’m happy to play 45 minutes, I’m happy to play 60 minutes, 90 minutes. Just whatever I put into the game, I know what I’m going to get out it fitness wise.”

Wilson was involved in a 2-0 home win against the Tykes thanks to goals from Matt Pearson and Scott Boden.

“On paper it looks like a comfortable victory but I assure you it wasn’t,” said Wilson.

“We got a lot of valuable work, in terms of fitness, in terms of organisation done.

“Barnsley have given us a real test today and there is a lot of tired legs in the changing room already.

“It’s beneficial for us and it’s what we needed.”

After last season’s tremendous finish that nearly saw Town gain another promotion, it will be a test of the player’s fitness levels as to whether they can mount a similar campaign.

“The Gaffer had a word with us last year about ticking ourselves over in the summer, and the fitness of the team was one of our main highlights last year.

“We had the ability to keep going until the 90th minute as we proved in a lot of games and this year it’s going to be as important.”

Asked as to whether the manager has wanted a bigger push this season with the fitness levels, in an attempt to keep going for every 90 minutes of every game each week, Wilson said: “He’s got total faith and confidence in us to look after ourselves.

“We are grown men, it’s professional football. Keeping fit and looking after our fitness is part of our job, so it’s good to see all the lads in great shape.”

The Shaymen are back in action against Rochdale on Tuesday and it will be another opportunity for the new signings to show the fans what they can do.

Boden already has two Town goals from his pre-season outings and Ross Dyer will also be hoping to add another to his tally come Tuesday night.

“All the new players have gelled very quickly,” said Wilson.

“The banter is already flowing in the changing room, plus we’ve got a couple of new characters in there, so it’s going along well up to now.”

After wearing the club’s new blue home strip at the weekend, Town fans will be able to see the new away kit on Tuesday night.

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