"This is the ideal preparation for the new season. The lads have to understand that in the Prem they are going to lose a lot more games than they win, so we have to prepare the boys mentally for that. Last season we had a problem winning games, this season the challenge is going to be avoiding defeat."
"It's great that both Jussi and Hendo have made mistakes in the warm up games. We don't want the fans expecting too much of these boys as the pressure of expectation can get to keepers. Both keepers featured in relegation battles last season so know what to expect in the coming season. That has to stand them in good stead. Especially Jussi. He needs the practise of bending to get the ball out of the back of the net because, at his age, back problems are always a possibility, as are senile dementia, arthritis and incontinence issues."
"It's also pleasing that the strikers are not scoring goals - apart from Baldock and, come the kick off, he won't be in my team. It's not easy to net in the Prem so again we need them to stay strong when not making the net bulge regularly. The big disappointment at the moment is that Tomkins and Diame are not with the squad. But I'm confident that JT will get used to losing with Team GB so he should be tuned up perfectly. I'm not sure about Momo but I doubt Senegal will pull up any trees given they couldn't beat Giggs and co."
"And fans should not forget we have been playing Germans. OK, second rank Germans but Germans nevertheless. True Birmingham managed a draw against Bundesleiga side Munchengladbach and were unlucky not to win, but that should not detract from our efforts in any way."
"And remember, there's still big name signings to come. Players like Andy Carroll and Kaka would make a real difference to this team I can assure you!"
"Of course there's still things we need to work on. We are not getting the ball into the opposition box often enough and a lot of our passing lacks altitude and distance but that will be sorted before the season kicks off, don't worry. I didn't get where I am today by playing ticky tap football, I can tell you!"