Date: 28th July 2016 at 12:22pm
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A Peter Whittingham penalty in our final game of the German tour against Bochum saw Cardiff head back to Wales unbeaten.

With the Osnabruck Trophy already ours following a double win against VFL Osnabruck and FC St Pauli last Saturday, the final game of the tour ended one all and Cardiff did have to come from behind in the match, but with plenty of changes again giving decent match minutes to a number of the first teams squad, head coach Paul Trollope wouldn’t have been overly concerned.

One man certainly pleased was Lex Immers who featured in all the games in Germany, and he told the Official Site that for him, the tour had helped everybody come together under the new man in charge, and with various tactics and formations tried, he felt the spirit within the camp would see them through nicely this season.

‘The whole pre-season has been tough. With high intensity, lots of runs and different formations and I think we are 90% there now. We’ve played 4-4-2, and now 3-5-2, but I`ve played in a lot of formations. Of course, I scored five or six goals (up front) and I did well. Frédéric Gounongbe is also now here, and we`ve got Kenneth Zohore, who are both strong – stronger than me – and technically I think I’m little bit better as a midfielder. I can play everywhere though, it doesn`t matter to me – I’ll do what the Gaffer says! Fred is a good player – strong, technically very good and until now I`ve got a good click with him. With Pilky too, it`s going okay with us three, and we will see what the line-up is on Saturday.’

Looking ahead to the final pre season game of the summer against Premier League side Bournemouth, Immers knew it would be a tough test but it should prepare us nicely for the season opener, and this was where the growing team spirit should come into play.

He also had praise for the fans who had travelled to Germany.

‘I think the team is getting stronger and stronger. We are one team, one group. As I said, it was a good trip, and we are 90% there now. Then, we have to be ready after Saturday. The fans were there for the St. Pauli and Osnabrück games, and also tonight. I`m proud to have supporters like this and they are always there, so ‘thank you`. I’ve enjoyed the last six months in Cardiff, playing with the guys in the team, playing for the supporters and working with the staff. They are always positive. I know the people here, and I know everything about Cardiff and the city.’

Cardiff:

Marshall, James, Connolly, Peltier (Ajayi 45), Fábio, Whittingham, Ralls (O’Keefe 83), Gunnarsson (Immers 45), Richards (John 45), Zohore, Gounongbe (Noone 83).

Goal – Whittingham (pen 48).

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