Colin is too modest a man to make extravagant claims, but in the wake of his reserve side’s win over Leicester, he hinted that his first key challenge as a coach is being met.
“You probably need to ask Glenn, John and Chris, but in my eyes, inexperienced as I am, I see things that we’re working on in training coming out and it’s very pleasing,” said Colin. “I think, overall, that people are making progress, which is ideal.”
Following a tough pre-season programme, the reserves opened their account with a single goal victory over Nottingham Forest. They then, with a fledgling side, came up against an Arsenal side that would not have looked out of place in the Champions League.
Against Leicester on Monday the boot was on the other foot, so to speak. While the Foxes had a smattering of experience with the likes of Tim Flowers, Gary Parker and Trevor Benjamin, Colin could boast a line-up that included four internationals and a number with under-21 honours to their names.
“It would always have been nice to have gone into the Arsenal game with a team like we had out against Leicester,” reflected Colin. “That’s the way it will be sometimes and we’ll be up against teams who are a lot stronger.”
Colin is wise enough to accept that fielding strong second sides will not necessarily be the norm, and he is keen to improve and develop the younger element of our club. Colin feels that young players learn from setbacks such as the 4-0 thumping that occurred last time out.
“As I’ve said before, that is when I want to see an improvement from the Arsenal game. I can’t fault them. They’ve worked hard in the time since that game.”
Meanwhile, Colin is happy to report on the progress he feels Anthony Gardner is making since beginning his comeback in the reserves.
“Anthony has taken another very big step to full fitness as he has come through a couple of games so far and against Leicester he looked more than comfortable.
“He was up against Trevor Benjamin, so even if it does nothing else it must surely improve his own self-confidence.”
Colin Calderwood is feeling a twinge of satisfaction stemming from the fact that he can see reward for his training ground practices showing through in the competitive arena.