AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks says his players passed their test of character at Northampton Spencer last night (Tuesday).
Diamonds ground out a goalless draw at Kingsthorpe Mill and Peaks described the match against last season’s UCL Division One champions as “a really good work out.”
He said: “It was very competitive and just what I wanted.
“The conditions were difficult, the pitch was lively and I learned more about the players than I would have done if we had played weaker opposition and won at a canter.
“I learned about the players’ character. I learned who will stand up and be counted.
“Spencer are from a league below but have been on a great run and we knew we would have to roll up our sleeves there.
“We knew it would be a battle. We knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park and that’s why I wanted to go there.
“The work-rate was good, defensively we looked solid, but we need to work on our decision-making in the final third and we didn’t keep the ball as well as we should have done.
“We worked hard to get the ball, but didn’t keep it as long as we wanted to. That’s often the case in pre-season.
“I think players are a bit too anxious to do well.”
Steve Spriggs was possibly Diamonds’ best player at Spencer.
And Peaks says he hopes to complete the signing of the ex-Kings Lynn winger in “the next few days”.
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