Neil Marshall column: Don’t expect too much, too soon

Neil Marshall.
Neil Marshall.

Another pre-season has come and gone and I don’t think it could have gone much better.

While it is good that we have gone eight games unbeaten I think it’s important that we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

At the end of the day, we may be unbeaten but we still haven’t got any points on the board.

It’s not just the pre-season results that have given us satisfaction, I think we have been playing some attractive football too.

Since the gaffer (Darren Peacock) has arrived he has been stressing the importance of keeping the ball and making the opposition do the running.

And with the gaffer being a defender, he is also keen for us to be tight at the other end and be disciplined and organised when we haven’t got the ball and the lads have really bought into it.

Our record of 21 scored and three conceded in eight games proves that, but these stats will mean nothing if we don’t get a good start on Saturday against Cammell Laird, who can count themselves unlucky not to have gone up last season.

We follow it up with a trip to Warrington who have spent a lot of money during the summer so it is a tough start.

But I am very optimistic that we can start well and that will set us up for the rest of the season.

Our good pre-season and the new players who’ve come in means there is a real buzz around the club from the players, staff and the fans and rightly so.

But my message would be: “Don’t expect too much, too early as it is very much a work in progress”.

And I’m sure as the season goes on we will get better and better and hopefully be up at the right end of the table come the end of the season.