The loss of the Saturday fixture to bad weather meant a quick rethink of the training schedule for United’s coaching staff, and a Sunday session was factored in with the focus immediately switching to the Tuesday night home game against Port Vale.
“We’ll be in Sunday and Monday and that’s two good days,” manager Keith Millen explained. “There are two ways of looking at a situation like this.
“On the downside they’re going to miss out on getting match fitness into them, which they all need. That’s a negative from not playing.
“But if we accept we can’t change anything it’s now two days of them getting to know each other more and a chance to do more tactical work.
“We’ll think about what we do, because you can’t get much fitness into them on a Sunday when you’re playing on Tuesday. Two days before a game is a dangerous period.
“It won’t be so much getting fitness into them, it will be more getting more information into them.”
And on using the extra training day to integrate the new arrivals even more, he told us: “They’re really good characters, they’ve got a freshness about them.
“We were a little bit down as a group, we’re obviously disappointed with what’s happened the last couple of weeks, so they’ve definitely freshened up the dressing room.
“They’ve come here for good reasons, they want to learn and get better.”