Manager on Saturday's trip to Exeter
John Ward says that he is excited ahead of Saturday’s League Two fixture away at Exeter City.
All the preparation of pre-season has been leading up this moment, and the manager and the players are hoping to get off to a good start.
John said: “There is always excitement, if there isn’t I might as well walk away now. Everyone wants to get ready and be involved in this first football match.
“The excitement doesn’t leave, and I am really looking forward to it.
“There is an excitement around the place and around the country, and we are looking forward to the game at the weekend.
“A good start is important and everyone wants to get off with a win. When you don’t get your first win it puts that little bit more pressure on your next one.
“We will try very hard to get a point or three, but so will our opponents, so we will have to be right up for it.
“Three good results at the start will give the young boys the confidence they can deal with this level of football, and let the senior boys know they can rely on those young players. “
And the manager says he already has his starting XI for Saturday firmly in his mind.
“Barring any mishaps in the next 48 hours I know my starting 11 in my mind. I have got a calm mind and I know what I want to try and do and hopefully the players can do that.”
And that will involve Tom Parkes as captain. “Tom Parkes will be captain of the team and off the club.
“I gave him the armband as a responsibility situation, he responded very strongly last year and he will continue with the armband.
“But you can rest assured that people like Mark McChrystal and Steve Mildenhall will be captains in their own right on the pitch and around the place.”
Although Exeter have a much smaller squad this season, John says you cannot underestimate them.
He said: “We never underestimate anybody, let alone Exeter and Paul Tisdale.
“They have got a very good work ethic and a good football background, and apart from a pretty severe collapse at the end of last season would have been looking to play their games a league higher.
“This will be a tough game, Paul will be ready with his team, and I will be ready with mine and between us I think we will put on a good spectacle.”
And the travelling Gasheads will have a big part to play to help spur the team on.
John said: “Getting over 1,000 away supporters at Exeter will make a big difference to the game, the team and our players; it does give them a lift when they know they have that backing.
“The boys are saying ‘bring it on’ and the supporters are saying the same.
“Together we will try to do what we did over the last four or five months of last season; pull together, work hard together and see if we can get some positive results.”
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