Ryan Fredericks has had experience of Preston North End over recent Championship seasons and knew exactly what to expect on Saturday after – he wasn’t disappointed.
He told www.whufc.com “They puts a lot of pressure on your back four and they put a lot of balls in behind that you’ve got to go and chase.That’s what pre-season’s about, getting your fitness, and we definitely got that on Saturday.
“It was a tough game, but that’s how they play. I’ve played against them the last couple of seasons and that’s what they’re like, so I didn’t expect anything different. It was a good test and that’s what you want in pre-season.”
Fredericks was impressive during the game , combining with Andriy Yarmolenko in attack, winning a second half penalty and defending strongly against Preston’s direct style.
And afterwards he said: “I’m settling in really well. The lads are great here and I’ve got no complaints at all. It’s a massive club.
“I’m buzzing to be here, like I’ve said previously. I just want to use pre-season to get fitter and fitter and hopefully I can do the business on the pitch as well.”
He and another new boy Andriy Yarmolenko made a big impact and he added: “Yarmo is an exciting player. I think we complement each other quite well. He can go one v one and also come inside and link the play and I can get around him and leave him to do his bits 1v1.
“We’ve both got a bit of pace and that, so we look like we could show a little combination down that side.”
And of double goalscorer Arnie he said: “Marko is an animal! I didn’t realise how big he was until I got here. He just holds people off for fun, he’s got a great touch and he can do bits of magic like he did at Preston, which is exactly what you need to be challenging at the right end of the table.
“You need top forward players and that’s what we’ve got.”
And of Jack Wilshere: “Jack is a classy player. We all know the quality he’s got. He’s been in and out with injuries, so hopefully we’ll keep him fit all season and he’s going to help us soar up the table.”