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Joe Hardy previews 'physical battle' in Dulwich

B Team striker looks at challenges his team face this weekend when visiting The Hamlet

28 July 2017

Joe Hardy is confident of a big test when the B Team head to Dulwich Hamlet tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

"We're unbeaten so far," said Joe, sitting down with iFollow after training on Friday. "So it'll be good to get tested again. We've been tested with the last two games so it would be good to get a win and get fitter, and get a few more minutes.

"They [Kevin O'Connor and Allan Steele] take each game as it comes and see if we can do as well as we can. We'll try and get as much as we need from the game and that's been winning so far so that's good."

Joe also took some time to discuss the pre-season schedule, which included trips to Hungary and Portugal. He also looked at what challenges his team will face against a team from England's seventh tier of football.

"It was really useful," said Joe, on pre-season. "We got a lot of hard training sessions in and a good two wins in Hungary. Then we beat Benfica so it was really good.

"I feel like tomorrow the game will be a lot different to the Chelsea game, they were really good technially and tomorrow will be more of a physical battle I'd say. It'll be a really good test for us.

"We know what to expect from the likes of Chelsea and Benfica, so we do our own thing and that's worked in both games and we will continue to do that.

"I was surprised by it [the 6-0 win over Benfica] as well to be honest, but I knew we had it in us. The quality we have got matches Benfica's quality, clearly we just worked harder than them and we took all of our chances."

Overall, the former Manchester City player is excited for the start of the season and what he can do with another year in red and white stripes.

"I feel a lot fitter than when I came back, that's the main thing, and everyone has got a lot of minutes. That's what we want to go into the first game of the season against Everton and get a win under our belt. We need to be ready to play a full 90 against them."


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