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Darren Kelly On Fixture Release Day

17 June 2015

Manager Darren Kelly has given his reaction after the 2015/16 fixtures were released today.

The 35-year-old, who officially took over his role with the club two weeks ago, will take his side to Walsall on the opening day of the season whilst Fleetwood Town will provide the opposition in the first home game.

The manager is happy the fixtures have now been released as he can start to plan for the new season.

He said: "We have pre-season where everything is planned and now we have the fixtures out, we can start preparing in that side of things as well. 

"Fixtures are fixtures - I'm just keen to get started, keen to get the games and keen to get the lads in to work hard. We will prepare and plan for each fixture as they come around. 

"We are not going to get ahead of ourselves, though. Walsall are our opponents on the opening day of the season and that is our focus and until that is over and done with, we will then start to look on to the next game."

With pre-season less than two weeks away, Kelly is excited by the challenge and is hoping to make Park an intimidating place to visit.

"There is a lot of good things happening and one thing I know is that we are going to make this place a fortress. The supporters are going to come out in voice and the new stand is in place so the times are exciting," explained Kelly.

"Ultimately it is up to us to put the performances in on the pitch so all fixtures, home and away, excite me. The team that we will have assembled by then will be good enough in terms of what we are trying to do. 

"We need to make sure when the players are back, everything is there for them in order for them to make a big push this season. We have worked hard behind the scenes to bring the players in and hopefully that will be sorted in due course."

Latics face three tough away trips in midweek to Colchester United, Swindon Town and Southend United. 

Asked whether this could affect the players, Kelly responded: "No it doesn't. It's down to us as staff to prepare the players to make sure they are ready for everything. 

"If it's a long journey, you have to make sure they eat properly, we stop and walk and their legs are ready to go."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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