Martin Jol insists that the international break has been put to good use - even with the greatly reduced numbers the coaches had to work with.
The gap period due to national service is a quiet time at most Premiership training grounds, but Martin points out that the time without a game to prepare is best used for re-fueling the tanks of the players available to work with.
"It is very good, I won't bore you with technical details but you can do more with the lads and we call it a 'super-compensation' where we can get them fit again," reflected the Dutchman.
"We have six or seven players who are not internationals at the moment so it is good for them and good for us.
"You can do a lot of physical work and it was good to give them two days off as well as we haven't had many so far."
Martin took the opportunity to spend a couple of days in his homeland, but reveals returning to work was not an unhappy sensation.
"I also got the chance to return to Holland for the first time since being here to do some formalities and it was good to be home again.
"I must have settled in well after three months because when I was coming back I was very happy - I haven't had that feeling before when I was in Germany or even the east of Holland."