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#TownOnTour: Ben Purkiss' Tour Diary Part Two

Defender With The Latest From Portugal

20 July 2017

Town are currently out in Portugal as they step up their preparations ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign. Ben Purkiss, one of nine new arrivals at The County Ground so far this summer, will be keeping supporters up-to-date with events in Portugal over the next few days. In Part Two of his exclusive #TownOnTour Diary, the vastly experienced right-back gives his thoughts on today’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Bristol Rovers.

We played Bristol Rovers earlier today and we played three thirty minute periods, with the game finishing 0-0.

It was a good exercise and the conditions were the same for both teams but what wasn’t the same was the programme that we’ve been doing.

Rovers had a rest day yesterday whereas we probably had our most intense session yesterday morning, so the lads were going into the game tired.

But, out of the two sides, I thought we looked stronger and there was probably a step up from the games we’ve played on home soil.

What you will see now I think is people gaining an understanding of everyone else’s strengths, how to play as a team, how to play as a unit and a little bit more focus on the attention to detail.

We did a set-piece session the other day which was technical based and there was a press-up routine in there for little errors or if anyone missed their man.

It was a little bit of a punishment but the aim of it was to maintain fitness alongside the technical side, so there is a bit more attention to detail now.

Hopefully you will see that build now and the whole idea is to make sure we’re ready for Carlisle.

The game today was a great exercise and I thought the lads did particularly well, considering the amount of work we had drilled into us over the past couple of days.

After the game we had a bit of free time but I spent most of it on the bed, including whilst I was writing this entry!

There is a driving range here and a pool as well but I think everyone is really tired and there is always that next session.

Some of the lads went to the driving range earlier and there is a little pitch and putt as well, so it is a good way for the boys to bond and we can talk about things other than football.

It is really good for the group to have a bit of downtime and also mix in-between the villas because, although we are in different apartments, they are all in the same block so it is a good opportunity to get to know people a little bit better and just relax mentally as much as physically.


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