That’s the view of Boston United boss Jason Lee. With just two matches left in the pre-season build-up, he says it’s now all about consolidating the squad at his disposal in readiness for the opening league match at Droylsden on August 18.
He said: “We have given everyone a chance to get time on the pitch and show what they can do. Now we have to look at developing and refining things fully over the two warm-up games we have left.”
Peterborough United’s visit to the Jakemans Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday, 7.45pm) and Saturday’s trip to Chelmsford will see Lee and his assistant Graham Hyde looking for higher levels of consistency.
The Pilgrims’ boss added: “I have been pleased with how things have progressed in the matches so far. We did well early on with plenty of goals and some good victories. But the past couple of games have — with due respect to the likes of Sleaford and Spalding — seen us tested more fully by sides who are smarter and who have posed us a few questions.
“Some people might have got carried away with the initial results, but I have always known our learning curve would get steeper — which it certainly has.
“Against Hull and Mansfield (match action pictured), we have encountered a few problems but have then changed a few things from a 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 formation and turned in some good displays that have left me reasonably happy.
“But we now have to step up again and work on getting confident and solid performances, hopefully with clean sheets as well.
“And this means, there won’t be any more matches where there are wholesale changes during the 90 minutes. It’s now all about getting ourselves prepared fully for August 18.”
For tomorrow night, Lee said he expected to have a near full-strength squad to choose from, although one or two players may be doubts due to slight knocks and muscle strains.
He said: “It’s another important test for us, but this close to the season we won’t risk anyone we consider needs more recovery time.”