York City manager Russ Wilcox believes his side have been handed a tough tie to kick-off their season, but he is excited for the new campaign following the release of the 2015/16 fixtures.York take on Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on the opening day of the new term and Wilcox wants his charges to carry the momentum they gained from a fine run of form towards the back-end of 2014/15 into the contest.
“I think first and foremost it’s an exciting time when the fixtures come out,” Wilcox told the club’s official site.
“It’s a tough start, yes, but we need to try and take a leaf out of Wycombe’s book so to speak.
“After staying up the previous year they ended up just seconds away from being promoted to League 1 last season so we can take heart from what they achieved.
“We know it will be a difficult first game, but I look back to the end of last season when we picked up 15 points from our final nine games which will allow us to enter the new season full of confidence and know that we can do better this time around.”
York relied on their strong end of the season to avoid the drop last term in Sky Bet League 2, after a poor opening run of results had put them in trouble.
The Minstermen won just one of their first 15 league fixtures during the 2014/15 season and Wilcox is determined to ensure that his side get off to a better start this time around.
“Every single game is important, but we need try to get off to a better start than last season because the table does start to take shape after a dozen games,” the 51-year-old added.
“If we can get towards the top half of the table and look down then there will be no better feeling because that breeds confidence in the squad and city.
“The home form is key so if we are able to maintain what we produced at the end of last season then we will no doubt finish a lot higher than last year.”
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