Tommy Wright is well aware Corby Town have “work to do” after they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Oadby Town last night (Tuesday).
The Steelmen’s first-team squad got their first run-out of the summer against the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side.
Despite dominating the play, Wright’s team were unable to convert their chances.
But the Steelmen manager, who is now preparing for the first home friendly against a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI at Steel Park on Saturday, still found plenty of positives from the first real workout of pre-season as he piled the praise on his summer signings.
“To be honest, I was only really annoyed with the goals we conceded,” the Corby boss said.
“They had two shots and scored both of them and that’s no exaggeration.
“We have had probably 30 attempts and not scored a goal and that was disappointing. We also had at least two stonewall penalties that weren’t given.
“But we played some decent football and the big plus points were the performances of the new boys.
“Ash Sammons and Duane Courtney were excellent for us, Chris Carruthers is a consistent performer and we got half-an-hour out of Anton Brown as well.
“I am not too concerned by the result and I would rather be in this situation than if we had gone there and beaten them 6-0 or 7-0.
“This way it’s clear that there is work for us to do.
“But people need to remember that we haven’t really had the chance to work on phases of play just yet.
“The footballs only really came out last weekend so, for us, it’s a case of getting on the training ground to begin working on a few things leading into Saturday.”
Wright, meanwhile, revealed the full extent of Connor Kennedy’s injury won’t be known until the squad train again tomorrow evening.
The young full-back suffered a knee injury early on and was replaced by former Steelman Jorrin John, who was a surprise inclusion on the bench.
“Connor felt his knee twist a little bit so we will have to check on that and see how he is doing,” Wright added.
“He took a whack early on, it was a tough challenge on him.
“But that’s what we wanted and that’s what we knew it would be like.
“We knew Oadby would have a real go at us and, although we didn’t get any goals, we stood up to it and kept probing. That pleased me.”
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