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Pre Season

Ray Lewington Helsingør Reaction And “Perfect” Pre-Season Base

13 July 2018

Assistant Manager Ray Lewington was pleased with Palace’s first outing of the 2018/19 season, seeing 21 players get a run out in the 2-2 draw with the Danish Division 1 side, FC Helsingør.

He said: “There were a few rusty legs, but it was a good competitive game. I thought the opposition were good.”

Palace landed on Monday, and Lewington revealed the focus for these crucial first few weeks of pre-season. “The first week is really just fitness, and there is a little bit of shape work just beginning to come in – not much, because we really wanted to get this one out the way before clouding everyone with ‘how we’re going to do it’.

"Just let them go free today, then from this game – or maybe even after Monday’s game - we’ll start talking about shape for the next few weeks after that. At the moment, you’ve just got to get the foundation of good fitness level before you start doing anything else. So as long as everyone comes through uninjured, that’s really what it’s all about.”

Lewington described the club's decision to base themselves in Sweden and Denmark as “perfect”. He said: “We’ve been here many times. I always think coming to Scandinavia for pre-season is the best way to do things. You get the climate, good conditions, teams that are already fit. People are really welcoming towards English teams. Games like this are fantastic for us.”

Roy’sright-handd man was also pleased with Nya Kirby’s performance, as the only player to complete the full 90 minutes. “He has loads of potential, he’s really good on the ball, and represented England at youth level. He’s a good prospect. He probably found it a little bit faster than he’s used to, but he did well.”

Palace face Swedish side Halmstad on Monday night (17:30 BST) – which will once again be streamed exclusively live on the Palace app and

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