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'The season starts now'

18 June 2014

Assistant boss on fixture list

Assistant Manager Andy Crosby says the release of the fixture list sharpens our focus on the 2014-15 SkyBet Championship campaign.

We are away to Wigan on the first day, and Andy is aiming for a good start, especially after our defeat at the DW Stadium back in April.

Crosby told readingfc.co.uk, "Today's a good day, the fixtures coming out gets everyone's mind on the domestic season while we're in the middle of the World Cup.

"I think everyone in the game prefers to be at home first off, and we'll have to perform better at Wigan than we did last time, because they're a team who will be up there at the end of the season.

"It's obvious but however the fixtures come out, our mindset is to get on with it, we've got a good time now to prepare and we're back in training in a couple of weeks.

"People will have pre-conceived ideas about who's going to finish where, but I think the division is stronger this year. You look at the teams who have come down from the Premier League, and the likes of Wolves coming up, so it's a tough division with good players. But we want it to be the start of something new for us.

"It's been a good summer, it's been nice to spend time at home with my family and kids, doing the pick-ups from school is great and my daughter is doing her GCSEs and working hard on them. She's been very good and has her head buried in books which is a good thing as my best subject is Coronation Street!

"Seriously though, myself, the gaffer, Dean, Harvo and all the staff speaking regularly and things have been nailed down for pre-season, we've got a couple of days of fitness testing before we train, and a couple of short breaks in there as well.

"The testing is something of a new thing for the club and is a good indicator. The under 21s are in back in next week and I know the manager told some of them it was a little trial for them over the summer, and we'll see who joins the first team group from there.

"Pre-season will be challenging for all of us, then the season is ten months which is a long time with 46 games - this time we hope we're celebrating something at the end of it."




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