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Distin's Big Boost

Defender says Bangkok trip was vital for fitness.

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Sylvain Distin insists Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Leicester is no cause for concern and hailed the Thailand trip as a worthwhile fitness workout.

The 36-year-old Frenchman believes humid Bangkok conditions played a part for both sides in yesterday's game at the Suphachalasai Stadium.

"It was very difficult," he told evertontv. "The pitch was very sticky, it was really hot and a really heavy atmosphere but it was the same for both teams. It was difficult - but great from a fitness point of view."

While Distin maintains a loss is not ideal, the stopper is certain that the players will benefit as they continue to build fitness ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

"It's only pre-season and I don't think any player has played 90 minutes yet, so it's way too early to read into the result," explained Distin. "Of course, we always try to win the game and it is better to win the game but we're still getting ready for the season.

"It's only the third game and the first time some of the players have played 60 minutes - most of us have played two lots of 45 minutes up to now, so no-one is really match fit."

The defender also reflected fondly upon the hospitality and kindness the squad has enjoyed since arriving in Thailand.

Distin added: "It's a difficult trip because when you come here, you come here to work and you're not here to visit or do anything.

"It is training, hotel, training, hotel, game. So we haven't seen much of Bangkok but the people have been really nice with us - they are really kind, so it's enjoyable."

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