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Raring to go

Posted on 3 August 2011  - 12:00

Brad Friedel reiterated the importance of getting the winning habit in pre-season and insisted: “We’ll be ready for Everton.”

Brad Friedel reiterated the importance of getting the winning habit in pre-season and insisted: “We’ll be ready for Everton.”

The goalkeeper played in the first half of our 3-2 win at Brighton on Saturday.

He was forced into more action that he would have liked as the home side started impressively at the official opening of the Amex Stadium.

In the end, goals from Younes Kaboul and Vedran Corluka turned around a 1-0 deficit by half-time and after Brighton levelled at 2-2, Jake Livermore struck the winner in the second half.

We now have one more friendly before the start of the Premier League with Athletic Club Bilbao – fifth in La Liga last term – the visitors to the Lane on Saturday, 5.15pm.

We then kick-off the real thing against Everton on Saturday week, August 13.

“Brighton are a week or two ahead of us and that probably showed in the first 25, 30 minutes but after that we got a foothold in the game and in the second half, we controlled it much more,” reflected Brad.

“It’s always good to win games. It doesn’t matter if that’s on the training ground or in a friendly, it’s good to get into the winning habit.

“Okay, it’s not the be-all and end-all in pre-season, you want to get through games for fitness, but if you can pick up wins as well it breeds confidence for the squad.

“The lads are getting more and more match fitness in, that’s what we want, that’s what pre-season is about and we’ll be ready come Everton.

“I feel fit, I feel the sharpness is getting there and coming into the last couple of weeks before the real thing starts, everyone is getting there.

“You can tell in training that things are starting to gel again and we’re all excited to start.”

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