A Positive Week's Work - Rowett

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT says he and his players have got exactly what they wanted from their six-day long training camp in Northern Germany.

Whilst the Potters succumbed to defeats in each of their three friendly encounters against FC Bochum, SV Meppen and Hamburger SV, Rowett has declared himself pleased with the progression his group have made.

Speaking after Saturday’s KiK-xxl Cup encounters against Meppen and Hamburg, the City boss paid tribute to his players for the way they have conducted themselves out on the continent and highlighted the importance of the weeks ahead.

“The games have been a little bit sporadic because of the way they’ve been organised, but we’ve got the fitness out of it which was the main objective,” he said.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard this week and you can understand in this heat how some players in these temperatures will fatigue in terms of sharpness.

“Some of the German teams we have played have been back three weeks longer than us and played two or three more games so it has been a test, but we’ve got out of it what we wanted."

“I think now we’ve got a big two weeks ahead where once again to a certain degree we’re still playing catch up because we’ve got players coming back in after the World Cup.

“We’ve also hopefully got a couple of signings imminent coming into the squad too, so we will need to bed them in and get them up to speed as quickly as we possibly can."

He added: “It might take another week or so - and it might take until the first game of the season until we’ll have everything ready because we haven’t had the luxury of having the whole group together for four or five weeks.”