“It was a good workout for us, because Colchester are a couple of weeks ahead of where we are with their season starting earlier, so you would expect we would get a physical game,” said Allardyce. ”Our only disappointment was conceding a goal in the last minute.
“The wins, draws or losses mean nothing to what the season will entail. Whether you win them all or lose them all, it means nothing to what the first Premier League game will be.
“What is the most important thing is that on 17 of August, everyone is 100 per cent fit - not 90 per cent or 95 per cent fit - so that they hit the ground running and we can get off to what we hope can be a fabulous start to the season like we had last year.
“We are looking very good, even at this early stage, so I just hope we can keep it up in Germany.”