In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-AFC Fylde

Read Phil Parkinson's post-match thoughts after Wanderers fought out a 0-0 draw away at AFC Fylde in their latest pre-season outing.

Debutant Adam Armstrong had a goal ruled out for offside while the forward and Will Buckley both missed further good opportunities with Rhys Taylor and Jay Lynch both in fine form in the opposing goal.

And after seeing his side extend their unbeaten run in pre-season, Whites manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points when speaking to following the final whistle…

On his side's performance…

It was another good workout for us. AFC Fylde are a team on the up and it is an excellent set-up here.

It’s a good ground and good pitch and they hosted us really well. We mixed the team up and put the youngsters in with the senior ones which is good for them.

The energy was good in both halves and we have enough chances to win it but were unable to take them.

On 3-5-2 and other formations…

It worked well for us last season and it’s one I think we’ve got to have in our armoury.

We’re not a team who recruits just for one system without having change in our locker. We need to work on a number of systems and we’ll continue to do so.

Tonight was a night we decided to implement it and look at the system in both halves and give all the players a taste of it.

On debutant Adam Armstrong and Sammy Ameobi...

We’re pleased we got more game time for Sammy and Adam Armstrong, who is a bit behind in terms of his pre-season and match minutes as well.

We were able to get Adam 45 minutes under his belt and he will need more work, but we knew that when we got him.

He still showed some great signs of his movement and his ability in the final third.

Sammy tried to slot him in a couple of times tonight and it didn’t quite come off but the final third play between those two with Will Buckley joining in was very good.

We need that pace in the team and we’ve certainly got it with those three.

On Jeff King's performance...

He was very good last year in the Under-23s and we tried to get him into that first team group last year but were unable to.

He’s come back for pre-season and looks very fit. He’s had a slow start in terms of his contribution in the games but tonight he showed what we know he can do.

He is a very hard-working player but he’s also a player who produces in the final third.

Tonight he was pulling off tricks and getting crosses in, we see that all the time in training and all the time last year with the Under-23s so we’re very pleased for Kingy that he’s played well tonight.   

On taking Alex Bruce on trial and transfer business...

Alex Bruce has joined us for a week. He’s a good lad and I’ve known about him for a long time.

He’s an excellent character and trained with us yesterday. He did great then and he’s played well tonight.

We’re continually searching because we need to strengthen more.The Chairman and I know that and on Sunday we spoke six or seven times on the phone about the plans going forward and we’ve got irons in the fire.

The supporters can see that it is piecing together and we will work very hard now to make sure that the next three or four players who come in are really good signings who strengthen not only the squad but the starting XI as well.

And finally, on Saturday's trip to former promotion rivals Fleetwood Town...

It’ll be a good game for us on Saturday and another progression for us.

Fleetwood came very close last year and we’re delighted that we were the ones to make it into the Championship.

They’ve recruited well again in the summer and it’ll be a good match for us but we’re just concentrating on ourselves at the moment.

We’ll get more work into the lads over the next three days and more minutes into the senior players in Saturday’s game.

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