David Irons is telling Stenhousemuir fans not to read too much into the scoreline when his team takes to the field at Ochilview for the first time in pre-season on Saturday.
It won’t be the result the Warriors boss will be overly concerned with, but how well his new-look side gel together when they face Annan Athletic in their second friendly match of the new campaign.
Far from being disappointed with the 2-0 defeat at Third Division Montrose last weekend, Irons says it was a good workout for his players.
“The score in these matches doesn’t matter all that much,” he said. “It makes little difference whether you win 10-0 or lose 10-0. What is more important is getting game time for the players.
“You don’t get any points or prizes for winning pre-season friendlies. At Montrose we had a few defenders missing and we weren’t as strong as we could have been but the main thing is that we are increasing our readiness for the first game of the season.”
Whatever happens in those remaining matches before their Ramsdens Cup-tie at Partick Thistle on 23rd July, Irons won’t be using the fact that many of his players are new to the club as an excuse for poor results.
He accepts that there will be a bedding-in process for the newcomers but thinks that card can be overplayed.
“A lot of these guys are experienced players who have been in the game long enough to adapt to a new team and a new set of team-mates. And I expect them to make the necessary adjustments and come together as a team.”