Bennett Calls For Focus After Positive Pre Season
Derby County Ladies have enjoyed arguably their best pre-season in years under returning manager, John Bennett, however he is keen for his new look side to remain focused as they open their campaign at Bradford City this Sunday.
“ We’ve brought in a number of new players in over the summer, and it’s been pleasing to see the impact that they have had on the group. More often than not when changes as opposed to tweaks are made to both personnel and playing systems, these things can take time to bed themselves in. However despite introducing both a number of new players and a new playing system we have remained unbeaten throughout a challenging pre-season campaign, which has seen us comprehensively defeat a WSL team as well as winning the Nottingham Cup, in which we played a strong Stoke City side twice. If you had offered me that outcome when we first arrived for pre-season I would have been delighted, however it will count for little on Sunday “.
Bennett has a couple of absentees to deal with, however he remains quietly confident that Ewe Rams can continue their pre-season form into the new campaign away to a Bradford side that have enjoyed top half finishes in all of the last few seasons. “ There are a few players that aren’t available that i’d ideally like to have in the squad, however in my view the group is stronger than it was this time twelve months ago, so i’m confident that we can secure a positive result. City are a good side with a high end team ethic and work rate, however the players that will come in for us are well versed with how we set up and what our expectations of them are. I’m hopeful that they will view this as an opportunity to provide me with some headaches for when other players return “