"They Don't Mess Around In Front Of Goal!"
Reds stopper Adam Davies admitted he has learnt a lot from Saturday’s friendly defeat against Everton.
Despite conceding three goals, the 24-year-old feels he will be better prepared for the calibre of player he will be facing in the Championship this season.
He hopes that the test posed by the Toffees will highlight things he needs to develop ahead of Tuesday evening’s clash with Hull City.
“It’s good to test yourself against one of the best teams in the Premier League, you could see the quality in their players.
“It was a shame about the result but it was important to get the 90 minutes under the belt for the lads that did play and we’ll kick on again on Tuesday.
“They don’t mess around in front of goal, whereas in League One you do get a little bit more time.
“As a goalkeeper, it isn’t that much different when facing the shots but it’s about having that little bit of sharpness to react.”
The Reds created a number of chances that the stopper feels could have changed the overall outlook of the game.
Davies expects Hull to pose another tough test on Tuesday and hopes the Reds will have learned from their experience to return to winning ways.
“It shows us we have to be ruthless in front of goal because we had a few chances that could have changed the game.
“If we went in at 1-1, it’s a different game completely but when they scored their second, they kept the ball off us and made us run.
“It was tough but that’s why they’re in the Premier League with their top players. We need to learn to take our chances and keep clean sheets,” he added.
As an established member of the squad, Davies is relishing the chance to pit himself against the very best the division has to offer.
He wants the Reds to ride the coattails of last season to achieve a high finish.
Davies said: “The lads have settled in well and we’ve got some quality players here now, it’s just about them jumping on the team spirit of last year and getting everyone on the same page.
“Paul and Tommy have kept things the same, they just want us to kick on and give an extra 100 per cent because it’s a big step up into the Championship.”