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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RELEASE

17 June 2014

There is less than a day to go until the Iron find out when they will play each of the other 23 teams in League One next season.

United boss Russ Wilcox has revealed his excitement at the level of opposition in store.

The 2014-2015 Football League fixtures will be announced at 9:00am on Wednesday morning and is always a day to whet the appetite of managers, players and fans alike.

Scunthorpe will play the likes of Sheffield United, Bristol City, Preston North End, Coventry City, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers, who all have recent experience of Championship football, during the campaign and Wilcox believes it’s an exciting time for the club.

He told The Iron Player: “I’d like to see the fixtures come out a little bit earlier if anything but Wednesday is the day and we’re all looking forward to it.

“The obvious ones that jump out at you are the likes of Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield United and it’s nice to be going to all those places – it’s an exciting time for the football club.

“I think momentum is the key because we finished last season on a massive high and if we can take some of that into the start of this season, we’ll be okay.”

First half goals from Matt Sparrow and Sam Winnall secured a 2-0 for the Iron over Mansfield at Glanford Park in the first game of last season and Wilcox admitted that it would be nice to begin the new campaign with a home game again.

But whatever the case, Wilcox has reiterated the need to get off to a positive start in the opening set of games to avoid playing catch up on everybody else for the rest of the year.

He continued: “We started well last season with a home victory against Mansfield so it would be nice to get a home game first but if we’re away then we’re away and we deal with it.

“At the end of the day you’ve got to play every club home and away throughout the season and we can’t control when that is so we’ll get what we get.

“It’s important to get off to a good start though because I think it showed the last time the club were in League One where after 15 games, Scunthorpe had only picked up 10 points which was always going to make things difficult.

“You’re playing catch up all season then so it would be nice to get off to a positive start and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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