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Dann Aiming For Pre-Season Success

11 July 2016

Palace defender Scott Dann has admitted that he is aiming for his side to win as many of their pre-season matches as possible over the coming weeks, but admits that the time together on the training pitch is just as crucial as the Eagles continue their preparations for 2016/17 in the USA.

The Eagles have been put through their paces today in their first training sessions during their near-two week tour of America and Canada, having landed in Philadelphia yesterday.

However when Dann takes to the field on Wednesday to face Philadelphia Union he will have one eye on a favourable result, even if the primary goal for Alan Pardew's side is fitness-related.

Speaking to NBC'S Men In Blazers podcast, Dann said: "The main focus is on getting fit and getting minutes under your belt but at the end of the day I want to win, as I feel that if you can win as many games as you can it gives you a better chance going into the season.

"If you lose games then mentally it's not the best thing. If I lose a pre-season game then I think 'we shouldn't have lost that game' as I don't like losing and I don't take it very well, but others might be different and are just concentrating on their own fitness. That is OK too because it is the main focus, but for me a winning mentality is just as important."

The centre-back is also a firm believer in the effectiveness of trips to far-flung lands ahead of the long Premier League campaign, as it allows a unique opportunity to gel with new colleagues and reconnect with those who have been at the club previously following a couple of months away from each other.

"We're away for 10-12 days and it's a really important time because you can see where we might be going this season," he continued. "You can get togetherness going again from an early stage, especially with new players coming in as you spend every minute of every day together and training a couple of times a day, so you bond quicker.

"Amongst all the training and hard work we put in over pre-season we also try to have a laugh and enjoy it, and that's why going away is so important."

Look out for a lengthy interview with Dann on the Men In Blazers podcast next week as he discusses life on tour, his summer and pre-season preparations.

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