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Henriksen Disappointed With Result But Pleased To Play The Full 90

Markus Henriksen was pleased to be back out on the pitch in black and amber, despite his disappointment at the Tigers' 2-1 pre-season defeat to Oxford United in Portugal last night.

New Head Coach Leonid Slutsky saw his side go two goals down at Estadio da Nora before Adama Diomande halved the deficit 16 minutes from time, but Oxford hung on to claim the win.

Reflecting on the team's return to action and the result, Henriksen said: "It's always nice to start playing football again, but it was very disappointing to lose.

"I think we had some good chances, especially in the first half, which we didn't put away to make life difficult for ourselves. Oxford were a good team, but if we were a little bit sharper I believe we could have definitely won the game.

"I think we made a few mistakes, although it was our first game of pre-season and hopefully we will get better and better in terms of our performances as we build up to the new season.

"At the end of the day, what matters the most is building up our fitness levels and making sure we are ready for the first game of the season against Aston Villa."

Henriksen was one of four players - along with Michael Dawson, Max Clark and Ola Aina - to play the full 90 minutes against the League One side and despite feeling the effects of that after the game, the Norwegian international midfielder was quick to stress the focus is already on Tuesday night's encounter against Bristol Rovers.

"I wasn't expecting it, but it was ok. We had no idea of how long everyone was going to play for. Playing 90 minutes wasn't a problem though. My legs were ok. Of course I was tired afterwards but it was good to get 90 minutes in the first game.

"It will be a recovery day for us today, especially for the players who played the full game, but we will then go again on Monday and continue with training ahead of facing Bristol Rovers. We have to recover well and train well to make sure we are ready and sharp for that game."

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