Stephen Small is looking forward to the challenge that will be presented by tomorrow’s Solitude friendly with a Swansea City XI.
Cliftonville commenced their pre-season programme with a narrow defeat at the home of League of Ireland Champions Dundalk before comprehensively overcoming Ballyclare Comrades last time out – but Coach Small expects a different proposition entirely this weekend.
“Whereas previously it’s been all about trying to gain confidence from games and getting loads of minutes on the park, this time we’ll be more up against it,” he explained.
“It will be a different type of game because it will be more working on our shape, getting behind the ball and making sure we are hard to beat. Swansea will have a lot of hungry boys that want to play Premier League football.
“It will be a completely different game and that’s what we’re trying to do – have games that challenges us in different ways.”
Kick-off at Solitude is 3pm, with admission set at just £7 for Adults and £5 for Concessions.