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Progressing nicely

22 July 2013

David Weir remains happy with United pre-season progress, following a fourth win from five outings to date, this time a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town.

Febian Brandy scored the only goal of the game at Field Mill, his first in United colours, to pave the way for a third consecutive victory, but Weir looked beyond the result in his post-match analysis:

"I knew Mansfield would give us a test physically, but I was really impressed by how the players dealt with it.

"If you don't have that two-goal cushion, you are always vulnerable in any game and you would always expect the opposition to give it a real go.

"We looked better going forward and had more efforts on goal; hopefully we will become more clinical as things progress in the next week or so.

"We have got all the lads at a good level and the obvious progression now is to get 90 minutes into the legs of as many as possible.

"I am happy with the players that got through the game at the weekend and looking ahead to Monday at Alfreton Town, the aim will be the same."

Weir confirmed his reasoning for introducing Lyle Taylor as a second-half substitute against the Stags and insisted Friday's home friendly against Atromitos forms a vital part of his pre-season plans.

He added: "The players suit my style of play and philosophies; I honestly believe we have a very talented group of capable players here.

"I am happy with what we have at our disposal and their application has been terrific since day one.

"Chris (Porter) deserved his start and it wouldn't have been fair to throw Lyle (Taylor) straight into the action, we need to monitor and progress his fitness.

"I always felt a home friendly was missing from the pre-season schedule, so for my staff and more importantly the players we felt it was imperative that we had a rehearsal for the Notts County game."

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