Apparently Clive Woodward often said that the most important attribute of a professional sportsman is PACE and that pace would always win over against brute strength.
Phillips didn't score enough goals and once defenders sussed him out and we started to lump it forward it looked less likely that he/we would score.
Dsane also missed his fair share of chances, particularly one on ones with the keeper. He did however use his pace to get into some good positions.
I think too much is read into pre-season friendlies and one of the reasons is that fans hardly ever recognise just how far into their programme the "opposing" sides are as well as the "constraints" a particular side maybe playing under as part of their particular focus for that game alone.
For instance, to say "Phillips was missed" could really be akin to stating that the side played the ball around in a fashion they never did with a Phillips in the side. In fact I would go as far to say that with Phillips in the side the ball would be needed to be got forward early in order to get the best out of him - is that what some call hoof ball?
The team may have been told to play it around a bit more to either improve their "feel and touch"or it may have been to accommodate different forwards in the squad - we don't know.
I think Dsane previously relied on blistering pace as his main attribute, but the Dsane we have is a rather slower version of the man who displayed that for Aldershot before his devastating injury. That could in fact make him to be a better player as it forces him to think and display a little bit more variety, what I personally feel is that to get the best out of him; we again have to play the ball early as he likes to sit on the shoulder of the last defender.................but would that be called hoof ball too?
Playing Hargreaves at the back could indicate the manager feeling he needs his "left footed" bias to add balance, it could be the precursor of another central defender choosing to accept an offer to move on; or it could be an indicator of the manager feeling Greavsie will have lost too much pace by the end of the season to play anywhere else. Remember how Bruce Rioch slotted into that position so successfully when his legs were almost ready to give out all those years ago?
Mind you, it could also signal a dalliance with 3-5-2 or some other formation with a sweeper as part of three at the back and bringing wing backs into play.
Pre-season "friendly"? It's only a public practice match really (as they always used to be called) and just an extension of practising what they have been working on all week.