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City boss pleased with pre-season tour

21 July 2012

Andy Thorn says pre-season tour of Scotland was just what was needed

Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn underlined that he would not be dwelling too much on pre-season results after City capped off their pre-season tour of Scotland with a 3-1 defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Thorn said three games in five days has taken its toll on his squad but added he was happy with the way the trip north of the border had gone as his players bid to get minutes under their belt before the start of the new season.

City kicked off their tour of Scotland with a 5-0 win over Brora Rangers before defeats at Inverness and Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat to Ross County.

Speaking after the defeat to Cally he said: "I thought we started really well today. We had a load of chances and a penalty early on but we won't be paying too much attention to the results because we got exactly what we wanted out of this trip and that was good core fitness.

"We've been pleased with the way that it's gone, it's been a fantastic exercise for us because it was fitness we wanted from this trip. We now have four weeks to start working on our shape and how we want to play next season.

"Everybody has got minutes under their belt and I could have made changes today to try and change the game a bit but changing the game was not what we wanted, we need to make sure all of the lads get those minutes because that's what we're here for.

"Inverness was always going to be a tough test for us as were the other two games, we knew they would be organised as Terry Butcher's sides always are but on a whole this trip is exactly what we needed. Now we have four weeks to concentrate on the next stage."

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