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Reading test will have benefited Blues

15 July 2013

Lee Harrison says last Saturday’s friendly against Championship promotion-hopefuls Reading will stand the Chairboys in good stead for the season.

Two goals in the final 15 minutes consigned the Wanderers to defeat, but they created plenty of chances against the Royals.

“It was difficult opposition as obviously they’re a Championship club and they move the ball quicker than anything we would find in League 2,” Harrison told Chairboys Player.

“Getting a workout of this kind of calibre is very good for our players and we've tried to get some defensive things into them in the last week.

“They started that at Eastleigh and it continued. For most of the game we were in contention and could have even been in the lead before they went on to win it with two late goals.

“If you looked at the clear-cut chances in the game we probably had the better ones, so it was probably finishing on the day that has cost us and a little bit of organisation at the end from set-pieces. Those are things that we’ll work on.”

Adam Le Fondre’s opener for Reading was the first goal the Chairboys had conceded in pre-season, and goalkeeping coach Harrison is impressed with the way Matt Ingram and Charlie Horlock have returned to action.

He said: “Both are great kids and have worked so hard. Matt has got a real, real chance and I probably knew that the day I stepped in the club.

“I’ve said before that I could have played him earlier when we lost Nikki Bull, but when you’re bottom of the league it’s probably not the right thing to do.

“It was right to get him out on loan and he’s come back and played those games for us at the end of the season -  I’ve got the real deal there with him.

“Having Chaz is much better than a 41-year-old being on the bench who is putting no pressure on Matt. He will have to develop over the next year, but that’s my job to do that. He comes in and trains hard and that pushes Matty Ingram.”

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