Harrison Reed says Stevenage represented the perfect opponents for Norwich City at this stage of pre-season following Tuesday's night's 2-2 draw between the sides.
The Canaries had held a two-goal lead thanks to a Nelson Oliveira penalty and a deflected Alex Pritchard strike, but were ultimately pegged back as their third warm-up game ended all-square.
Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Reed said: "They started very brightly and put us under pressure, which we expected.
"We had a style of football we wanted to implement. It was a friendly but you want to play how you want to play when the season comes.
"We’re really trying to play out from the back, play through thirds and play attractive football. The new boss' philosophy is possession and keeping the ball so we’ve done a lot of drills around that.
"I thought we could have had a bit more quality on the ball, but we learned a lot of things and it was positive. They put up a very good test for us."
Having linked up with the squad in the middle of last week, the 22-year-old midfielder has been quickly pressed into action, only a late injury preventing him from completing successive 90 minutes.
"I’m fine, I’ll have a rest day tomorrow, see the physio and get back to it," he explained.
"We’re working extremely hard, and I came in a bit later into pre-season. I was a little bit behind and have been stepped up quite rapidly but I‘m adapting to it.
"I’m looking after my body away from the pitch and I’m enjoying it. A lot of the work in training is with the ball, which is great.
"We’re excited as a group of players to be working under a new boss, we’re really looking forward to it and the fans should be too."