Date: 19th June 2014 at 9:31pm
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Manager Mark Yates has given his reaction to the announcement of the fixture list yesterday and also talked transfers.

Speaking to the Official Site Yates began by talking about our opening day fixture against Bury.

‘It’s a tough start but one we are looking forward to. Bury will be a team spending money and recruiting to win promotion so it’s a really tough start. Gigg Lane is a really nice pitch and I’m sure David Flitcroft will have them playing good football. Accrington is our first home game and it’s important we try to achieve a good home record this season but I imagine every game will be a tough encounter when we come to play.’

Yates goes on to say that we have been given some lengthy journeys away from home, especially in the midweek spots, but he adds his appreciation for the fans that do make the journeys and the efforts to attend away games because he does know how they eat into normal life and finances.

‘We really do appreciate the fans who make the effort to support us both home and away. The players really do appreciate it and so do I. It’s important that we get as big a following as we can but particularly at home. To do that we have to play good and exciting football and we know that.’

Yates adds that now the fixtures are out everybody really will start to truly focus on the season ahead and apply themselves during pre season training, because obviously we do want a much better season than we had last term.

Of course we have also been handed a game against Championship Brighton in the first round of the Capital One Cup this season, and with them appointing a new manager – Sami Hyypia – Yates says he’s relishing that encounter because Brighton were very unlucky to not reach the Cup final last year and gain promotion to the Premier League, so it’s going to be a great day and a massive challenge for us.

As for transfers, he says that we are now quite a way down the line on a number of targets and he’s hoping that by Monday or Tuesday next week things will have progressed to the stage where we can make announcements and maybe have three or four over the line.

‘I have not stopped working and I have been trying to find the right balance between experience, youth, legs, energy and a bit of know how. Unfortunately that sometimes takes a little bit of time. I am working tirelessly, as we all are, to build the best possible squad we can.’