Woodrow: Feeling Ready

Tuesday 28 July 2015 10:37

Cauley Woodrow insists he is ‘feeling sharp and ready’ ahead of the of the 2015/16 season opener in Cardiff next week.

The England Under-21 striker told fulhamfc.com: “The pre-season goes pretty quick. But it’s been really positive and we’re all just looking forward to the season.

“It's just Crystal Palace left now and after that it’s the start of the season.

“I’m feeling sharp and I’m feeling ready. We are just focusing on our final preparations, then hopefully we’ll be ready to go against Cardiff.

“Last season we were going into games a little in the unknown, but this season we know the players we'll be playing against and we know what we're up against. 

“We've signed some good players and they've fitted in really well. We're just focusing on winning as many games as we can and doing as well as we can.”

Woodrow played a full 90 minutes against Hertha BSC on Wednesday evening in Schmadling, scoring the Whites' second goal for the equaliser.  

“It was important for all of us to get our first 90 minutes,” Woodrow continued. “When you do get that, you feel a bit better and a bit fitter in yourself.

“It was tough in the heat. They were a good team as well and they worked us around but it's nice to get 90 minutes under our belt.

“In the first half, they moved the ball around really well and obviously we went two down really quite early. We were getting dragged all over the place.

“We had to work out a way of playing against them and once we did that, especially in the second half, we started moving the ball around ourselves and we were a lot, lot better, and we got our goals to reward that.

“Both teams had a lot of possession without having a great deal of chances. In the second half it was a bit more end-to-end, they had the ball, we had the ball. So [the goal] was a bit of a relief.

“It was a nice feeling, especially to win the ball off them by pressing them high up the pitch, which was what the manager wanted us to do. It was a good goal to score and it was nice to get the draw.

“Us strikers, we want to score goals, and we train hard on the training pitch to try and perfect that and when you do score it's a nice feeling and to help the team get a draw is good as well.

“When we went 2-0 down really early, we pulled ourselves together and that is obviously really positive because there are going to be times when you go behind and you have to find a way of getting back into the game and we did just that."

As much as the focus of training sessions has been about gelling on the pitch, Woodrow reveals the Whites have been making the most of their opportunities to do some team bonding off the pitch.

“It’s been really good, a really positive week,” he said of their time in Austria. “We would ride down to training, the facilities have been good, training’s been sharp and the boys have been looking good.

“The hotel was nice, the cycle on the way back was a bit of a struggle after training, but it was good!

“We had an afternoon zip wiring, which I enjoyed when I did it, but before it I was so nervous. I think a lot of the lads were to be fair. There's been some good videos of some of the boys doing it, but I was a bit scared!

“I didn't think I could do it to be honest but it's one of those things you've got to do and now I can say I've done it!

“After training there is a little bit of table tennis and some PlayStations, so all the lads are in each other's rooms and everyone is in a good place. We're all really looking forward to the season.” 

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