laven Bilic was pleased with yesterday’s victory but remains anxious about Aaron Cresswell’s late injury.
The manager – speaking to the official site after the 3-0 win over Karlsruher said: “It was a good test for us, in a good atmosphere against a good team who play in the second Bundesliga. They are starting on the first weekend in August, so already they have been in pre-season for a long time.
“It was a good game. We expected to have hard legs in the games we have played so far, and we expected to be a little fresher for this one.
“We were, and we played some quality football. We played as a team, we were compact, we saw some great things and it was a good result.
“The only downside of this game is that we have to see what is [wrong] with Cresswell. He got injured and it didn’t look that good. We will have to assess it.”
He was delighted with Andy Carroll’s contribution adding: “It’s not about Andy’s goals only, it’s about his workrate, his linking play and his quality has never been in doubt. This summer, as we saw in America and now Austria, he has been training hard and doing something [pre-season] that he hasn’t done in a long time. Hopefully he is going to stay fit and if he stays fit then I am the happiest man.”
And of the impressive Sofiane Feghouli he declared: “Sofiane is already showing what he is all about. We knew when we were signing him that he is a special kind of player.
“He’s good in the dressing room, a very honest player and we’re going to benefit as a club a lot from him.”
There was some highly encouraging interplay between Feghouli and Tore yesterday. We are going to play some cracking stuff this season.