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MICHAEL DUFF PREVIEWS PLYMOUTH CLASH

28 July 2022

The Head Coach looks ahead to our opening game of the season away at Plymouth Argyle, as the 22/23 campaign gets under way.

STARTING THE NEW SEASON

"I'm excited now. I think everyone here is looking forward to the new season starting. You're never going to be truly ready, and I'm sure every other manager would say the same; you always want more time, but this is what we're here for, the first game, and so we're excited to get things started."

ON PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

"I think it will be a good football game. They've slightly tweaked things from last year, but they'll still have a back three, they'll play really good football and I'm sure they'll have a few fans there too.

"They'll be looking to kick on after a slightly disappointing end to what was actually a really good campaign last season.

"We know we are up against it, against a very good team."

HIS OWN TEAM

"We think we know what we've got. We have an organisation and a structure, a solid base. We are working on the things we believe we can hurt Plymouth with. 

"They've strengths, many of them, Plymouth, but like any team, they do have their weaknesses and it's up to us to expose them on the day.

"I'm constantly looking for improvement. This is a results industry and so we have to win games along the way, whilst developing what we are going to be about."

THE TRANSFER BUSINESS

"We've sold players and then brought players in for nothing. So that tells you where we are as a club right now. But the lads we've brought in have adapted really well, to both the group and how we want to play. And they're hungry as well, which is the most important thing.

"We're still looking to recruit too. I don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to see that we need more goals in the team. But there are going to be opportunities until we do bring more bodies in, to put their hands up and say - I'm your man.

"I could go out and sign loads of players. That's easy. It's signing the right players that's the difficult part. I'm not bringing just anybody in. They have to fit what we are about, and we'll continue to follow our processes there, but I doubt we'll have anything new completed before the weekend."

ON PLAYER FITNESS

"Herbie Kane is looking at like five to six weeks. Which is not as bad as we first feared to be honest, because we thought that might end up being an operation but yeah, six weeks is most likely the time it'll take for him to recover.

"Which is unfortunate because he's had a good pre-season and we know he's a really good player who is going to make a big impact for us this year.

"Michał Helik is lacking minutes, as are one or two others who didn't get into the building as early as the rest and Liam Kitching had a dead leg after the weekend, but it's pretty much a clean bill of health now."


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