ABO Eisa admits it is the toughest pre-season he has known – but he can already sense the results for City.

The winger was the star of the show in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Doncaster as fans were finally allowed back in at Valley Parade.

Eisa won and scored the penalty for the opening goal and then his closing down led to Andy Cook’s second.

And he believes the punishing work that Derek Adams demands at the training ground is quickly making a difference.

He said: “It’s been really tough. We’ve had double sessions and things like that and a lot of running.

“You’ll probably feel the benefits more after 60 minutes in games rather than at the time.

“But the gaffer obviously got his team promoted last season so you know his methods work. The players are buying into it.

“He’s big on hard work. He wants you to work for your team-mates first and the rest will come.

“Morecambe were difficult to play against and hard to break down and they created a lot of chances. So, it’s all good.”

A home crowd of 1,006 – the first supporters at the stadium since before the pandemic – witnessed a lively 65-minute outing on the left wing from the former Scunthorpe man.

He added: “It was enjoyable. Playing in front of supporters again gives you that buzz and you want to excite them.

“As a winger, you just want to get past your man and see what he’s about. If you get past him the first time, you know you can do it again and again.

“There are battles all over the pitch and if you win yours, you’ve got more of a chance of the team winning.

“I want to create chances for the team and literally play with freedom.”

Eisa sent keeper Louis Jones the wrong way with a thumping penalty into the roof of the net – and is eager to put his name forward for spot-kick duties.

“I know Cookey (Callum Cooke) was on penalties last season but when you get the penalty, you just want to take it. I just grabbed the ball and didn’t look at anyone.

“I’m not sure who it will be taking them. I think it’s up for grabs and I’ve thrown my hat in the ring.

“We’ve done the (transfer) business very early and I think we’ve benefitted from that. The trip to Scotland helped us with the bonding.

“Everyone knows this is the main group and squad and it’s good to get that togetherness. It helps with the understanding on the pitch."

City head to Guiseley tomorrow night and Brighouse on Wednesday before returning to Valley Parade at the weekend to face Championship side Blackburn.