LEE CLARK has a full Town squad in training and says they are “buzzing” for the test against Bournemouth.
The Galpharm boss – whose record-breaking side had no match at the weekend – put his players through their paces at a soggy Canalside yesterday as they started the build-up to Saturday’s home clash.
Clark is hoping preparations don’t get hampered by bad weather, although he’s already got a contingency for working indoors if necessary as Town look for the win which could take them back into the automatic promotion places.
“We’ve got everyone available and we are all buzzing, looking forward to the game” said Clark.
“The lads are on a fantastic run, magnificent, and the last game (the 2-0 defeat at Charlton) was one where with a little bit more luck we could have got something out of it.
“Since then the players have worked hard with rest and recovery periods and it’s testament to the general fitness of the lads, and the work which has been put in by the staff, that the players don’t fatigue and they don’t do injuries – that’s always been part of our time here.
“It’s not through luck. It’s through knowing what to do in your preparation, getting players in the right frame of mind and making sure their fitness levels are at a point where high-intensity work doesn’t affect their bodies.”
Bournemouth’s new assistant manager Russ Wilcox has paid tribute to the strength of the Dean Court squad since joining Lee Bradbury’s staff, but Clark says Town are ready to take them on.
“They have got a good squad with good players, and they have a belief in how they think the game should be played, but I am more than delighted with the squad I’ve got and our group will go into the game full of confidence,” he said.
“If bad weather kicks in then we will modify training accordingly.
“We prefer not to go indoors, obviously, but if the pitches are waterlogged or under snow then there’s nothing else you can do. You have to be flexible.”