Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Shots up next

After what must be viewed as a successful week in Spain, our next fixture sends us to Aldershot Town for our first of two fixtures against opposition in the Guildford area (Woking being the other match, which takes place on Saturday).

Aldershot looked doomed to relegation at the beginning of the year after a run of only two wins in ten games and their league position in freefall. The Club decided to replace manager Kevin Dillon with Dean Holdsworth and they managed to climb from 20th to 14th, only losing 4 games with Holdsworth in charge. So far they are unbeaten in pre-season, notching up a 4-0 win against local rivals Farnborough and a 3-1 win against Tamworth. Inverness Caledonian Thistle however managed to hold them to a draw.

The Addicks will go into the game full of confidence after their showing against Championship sides Bristol City and Cardiff City. Although we picked up our first pre-season defeat against Cardiff, it has been reported that we were always in the game and were unlucky not to score. It seems that the new recruits are settling in quite nicely and there is an excellent vibe about the team. They have now had plenty of time to start to get to know one another and Powell should be getting a clear picture of what his first XI is likely to be.

Speculation still surrounds Simon Francis and Alan McCormack. Both players are being linked with moves away with both Walsall and Brentford and or Bradford (depends which sites you read) being mentioned for McCormack and there might still be a possibility of a Bournemouth deal for Francis. I would imagine that both players would relish a move with their chances at making the first team looking fairly bleak with the influx of players over the summer. Neither player was really fancied by Chris Powell last term, and in fact although they both got opportunities, they never really took their chances and made a position their own.

I would expect to see at least a couple more faces before the season starts although this may only be in the form of loan signings. The Club have splashed out a fair bit already this summer, and I will be surprised to see further permanent acquisitions.

I hope to see us notch up another tomorrow night, although I expect it to be a tough encounter. Aldershot will give everything against a team of our stature but I think we should have too much for them.

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