POST HEED CRAIC



We kicked off pre-season with a 3-1 victory at Gateshead, with Chris Maguire, Will Grigg and Josh Scowen on the score sheet. Phil Parkinson had this to say afterwards: “We were disappointed to concede in the first half and that knocked us a bit. We created good chances in the second half and the lads who came on gave us a real energy. I was really pleased with their contribution. All in all, it was a good work out for us.”

Parkinson is still looking for a striker and confirmed that he has held talks with Danny Graham. “We want to get in another forward and he's one we've spoken to. It's an important position as everyone knows and tight games can be settled by that one, clinical finish. The more strikers you have in the building, the better chance you've got.”

Kosovo Albanian, Arbenit Xhemajli, also featured as a trailist. “We're just working on areas really, people can see where we want to bring players in,” Parkinson said. “It's a puzzle we've got to fit together. We've got to get the final pieces right. Arbenit is a good player. One of the factors in the salary cap issue is that it does become a numbers game. You can only have 22 players over the age of 21 and so we have to be really careful and ensure anyone who comes in is ready to make a contribution. He did well today.”

Phil Parkinson also spoke about Elliot Embleton who went off injured: “Elliot's thigh is just a bit tight. At this stage we don't want to take any risks, it's nothing serious. It's a shame for him as it's his first game for a long time and he's done well in pre-season. He'll be disappointed but the good news thing is it isn't his hamstring. When he first went down I thought, 'please, dear me', but it was just a bit of tightness in his thigh. Tuesday v Carlisle, might come too soon for Elliot and I've got to say, Dan Neil came on and was excellent. He's been another standout in pre-season so far with his footballing ability and did well today, just like Jack Diamond [who produced an assist for Will Grigg’s goal].”


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