Blues in Austria - day three

There was a competitive edge to proceedings as Monk organised a mini-tournament between them.


Blues continued to put in the hard yards  over two training sessions in Bad Haring, Austria.

In the morning, Garry Monk, Pep Clotet and James Beattie took a clutch of players each through a variety of drills with the ball, with the accent varying at each station on the pitch at the local sports club.

One on one attacking, small overloads and recovering from attack to defence quickly were all themes.

Goalkeepers Connal Trueman and Jake Weaver were put through their paces by Darryl Flahavan and once more were thoroughly worked and challenged in what was asked of them.

After lunch, Blues were back out on the grass again in the Tyrolean sunshine and training finished with the squad split into three teams.

There was a competitive edge to proceedings as Monk organised a mini-tournament between them.

The victors - by one goal - were those in the green bibs: Craig Gardner, Jota, Corey O'Keeffe, Beryly Lubala, Josh Dacres-Cogley and Harlee Dean.

As part of a forfeit for the losers, they had to provide waiter service for their triumphant team mates and the management staff at the evening meal at the team hotel.

Blues have taken care with a few players who have had minor niggles over the past couple of days, including Dan Scarr, Kyle McFarlane, Kristian Pedersen and Steve Seddon, who have not been able to join in all the sessions.

GALLERY: A selection of images from Club Photographer Roy Smiljanic.