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KIERAN EXCITED FOR FIRST TEST AS TOWN BOSS

28 December 2021

"We want to get the ball down and have good movement in the group - it’s important in a game to have exciting moments that get the fans behind you"

Kieran McKenna says he is looking forward to tomorrow's match against Wycombe and is excited about the occasion, but that his focus is very much on the task at hand.

Having been appointed manager of the Club on 16 December, tomorrow will be Kieran's first game in the dugout after he watched Town take on Sunderland from the stands, with the Boxing Day trip to Gillingham then postponed.

"When I arrived and started working with the group, we were preparing for Gillingham and that was cancelled, so it feels like a long period between the games," Kieran said.

"Everyone is excited for tomorrow and after Wycombe, it’s a quick turnaround to Lincoln, so we're right back into the thick of it.

"We’ve made the most of the time we have had on the training pitch as well, which is obviously good.

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"I’ll be excited tomorrow night. It looks like it will be a similar atmosphere to the Sunderland match and that is good for everyone.

"Once it gets close to kick-off though, it will very much be about what is happening on the pitch and the task at hand.

"The baseline for me is intensity and effort. I want us to have a collective spirit and press at the right times, while also winning challenges and fighting for second balls.

"On top of that, we want to get the ball down and have good movement in the group. It’s important in a game to have exciting moments that get the fans behind you.

It will be a tough game. Wycombe like to break the game up and will want to play in our half, so we know it will be a challenge."

Kieran also confirmed that Charlie Turnbull has joined his coaching team having arrived from Fulham.

"We’re still building the staff. At the moment, we’ve brought in Charlie Turnbull as head of analysis who will also work very closely with us on the coaching side," he added.

“Charlie has come in from Fulham where he was an U23 coach and U23 analyst. He’s someone I’ve known for a while. He is a fantastically talented young coach and fantastically talented young analyst."

Tickets for tomorrow night's game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, remain on sale here.

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