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Cox: It's a new start

5 August 2021

First team manager Neil Cox is excited about the start of the season and has previewed the opener against Swindon Town this Saturday on iFollow Iron.

After being back for a tough month of pre-season training, and four friendly fixtures against higher-level opposition, he says his side are raring to go when the Robins come to the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday.

He said: "I'm ready for the season now and the boys are ready. We won't name the team until Friday morning but we've done a little bit of work today. We're raring to go, looking forward to the games and getting supporters back in..

"We've worked the lads hard today and tomorrow will be all about organisation, with a little bit of fun too. We'll get the team that's going to play working on the set-plays and prepare right for the game.

"We have to be focused on what we do and not worry about anyone else. Play the way we want to play and hopefully we can start the season really well."

New skipper Harry Davis is rated 50/50 ahead of the game, after suffering a head injury against Lincoln City and sitting out the last week of matches as per the protocols when it comes to those types of knocks, but is now back in training.

Cox said: "Harry has trained today and we just have to make sure he's fine tomorrow before making the decision, but he's got through training."

Right-back Ross Millen will definitely miss out with a hamstring injury which saw him substituted early in the friendly against Lincoln, while the game will come too soon for Aaron Jarvis as well.

Cox added: "The game is too soon for Ross, who's doing a bit of work and it could be a couple of weeks. We're still not sure as we're waiting for the results back.

"Jarvo is back in training but going steady at the moment. We just have to push his fitness up and hopefully he'll be ready soon.

"Everyone got through the Grantham game (in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup in midweek) unscathed and a number of players got 90 minutes in. Now's about playing first team football. Everyone's going to be needed as we have a lot of midweek games at the start of the season."

The match sees Iron supporters back in the stadium for a competitive game for the first time in 17 months, and Cox can't wait for his team to turn out in front of the United faithful.

He added: "We need the support. It's been 18 months without crowds in and a difficult time for everybody but we now have the opportunity to get the fans back in. I'm looking forward to having them back and hopefully we can put a good performance on, and get them behind us.

"The atmosphere will be great and everyone is excited about the first game of the season. Hopefully we get a good start and the three points."

The game comes on the one-year anniversary of Cox's appointment as manager, and he concluded: "I'm happy, as a lot of change has gone on this year with a lot of new players in and a lot gone. I'm ready for a new start and a new push forward."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.


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