In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Guiseley

Wanderers fell to a 3-1 defeat to Vanarama National League North side Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Tuesday evening, in the latest pre-season friendly.

Speaking to after the game, Manager, Phil Parkinson discussed the following topics after watching his side in action.

On being punished for a slow start...

We started slowly on a sticky pitch and we put the ball at risk two or three times inside the first ten minutes. The third time we did that, we got punished. If you start slow against any team, at any level of football, away from home in particular when they're pressing - as Guiseley did, very well, then you can get punished. 

The first goal was a mistake from us and the second one came from a long-throw. We had a good reaction from that and had some good chances ourselves, got back into the game but then unfortunately conceded a late penalty.

On the importance of match minutes...

Tonight was just about getting the lads some minutes. We pieced a team together with not much thought, in terms of the structure of the team. The selection was purely based around which players needed minutes.

It's all about making sure that when it comes to the first game of the season that the players are prepared. That's why the players who didn't play on Saturday (v Girona), started tonight. Obviously Pawel (Olkowski) started both games, because he's a bit behind the rest of the group. We wanted everybody to get some minutes tonight, and the lads who only played twenty minutes or so did some running at the end.

On a competitive encounter...

Fitness-wise it's been a decent workout, because it was a competitive game. I've been here many times before and against Guiseley it's always competitive, it's always full-on, and it was tonight.

Guiseley are a big, strong team and they have plenty of power and pace at the top of the pitch. It was a good test, we would have liked to have won the game but the most important thing is that we've come away with no injuries and we now go down to Peterborough at the weekend.

On the performances of Wildschut and Noone...

We were 2-0 down in the first half but we had plenty of chances in that period to get back in it. In the second half we played some good stuff; Yanic (Wildschut) was a real threat and Nooney (Craig Noone) created a lot on that right-hand side and we looked like we could score goals.

Yanic has been away for a couple of days, getting his stuff from Holland and being back down in Norwich. He's done well tonight and I think Nooney has built on his performance from last weekend when he had a good game. You always feel he'll create something, and he did tonight.

On a return to action for Oztumer...

Ozzy (Erhun Oztumer) trained on Monday, but we felt it was too soon to start him in the game. He needs a good ten day build up before the start of the season.

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