I've always said that I'd rather have a bad preseason that exposes where we need to strengthen rather than a good one that creates a false sense of confidence which we only realise is false when it's too late to do anything about it.
Of course, this relies on us actually doing something about it this time.
Woodgate will have learned more today than a comfortable win at Gateshead. I'm not saying it's all rosy, I'm still worried. But I'm no more or less worried than I was this morning.
For me if he really was 100% committed, buys into the new club philosophy and wants to stay - he could re-negotiate his contract, drop his wage and commit to the club, if he did that I think nearly all fans would then get behind him.