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Cox: A home start is something we wanted

21 August 2020

First team manager Neil Cox has provided his reaction after the League Two fixtures for the 2020-21 season were released on Friday morning.

United kick-off the campaign with a home encounter against Newport County on Saturday, September 12th, and the boss is looking forward to pitting his wits against Michael Flynn's Exiles.

"A home start is something we really wanted, but it's just a shame there will be no supporters in (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it though and we want to get the season started as soon as we can really.

"It's not long now, but the boys are raring to go. We just need to keep everybody topped up with fitness at the moment."

October sees four home games and it could see limited crowds return to the Sands Venue Stadium, with United looking at various protocols following the government's announcement last month that they hope supporters can return to stadiums from the start of that month.

"Let's hope everything get's sorted out and we can get the fans in," Cox added. "It will be good to get as many in as possible. October is a busy time but we've got four home games, which is good.

"There is a lot of travelling then too with Cheltenham and Exeter away in a short space of time. We've done our homework already for situations like this and will stop at someone else's training ground on the way down for instance.

"It's never easy. There's always a lot of travelling, but the bottom line is about winning games really."

Almost a year to the day since Kevin van Veen's Christmas present of a winner against our local rivals Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Saturday, December 19th sees that same fixture kick-off the festive period once again.

Cox added: "Being a Scunthorpe lad and supporter it's the first game you look for, but there are a lot of games before that and it will be nice when that one and the return fixture at home a month later come around.

"Before then though, we need to pick up points, win football games and play entertaining football.

"It's a long season, and I only look at the first five games really. October will be really busy, and if we have good cup runs it will get even busier so everyone needs to be fit."

Cox concluded by providing his reaction to drawing Port Vale in the first round of the Carabao Cup, with that tie set to be played the week before the league season starts.

"Port Vale are going to be a good side. I expect them to be in the top six (of the league) but it's the cup, we'll put a strong side out that's raring to go and will look to win the game," he said.


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