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23 June 2022

Boss on new season schedule and cup ambitions

Kieran McKenna says that he is pleased to begin the 2022/23 campaign at home and against a 'high level opponent' in Bolton.

The Blues' League One fixtures for the upcoming season were revealed earlier today, with the Trotters visiting Portman Road on Saturday, 30 July. 

An away game at newly promoted Forest Green Rovers follows a week later, while Town will close out the campaign at Fleetwood on Saturday, 6 May.

"It’s an exciting fixture," Kieran told iFollow Ipswich about the opening day test. "Bolton are a really strong team who finished the second half of the season really well, so it’s a high level opponent. 

"We are really pleased to be at home. We finished last season off at home against Charlton and there was a fantastic energy and atmosphere in the stadium. We’ll look to pick up where we left off with that. 

"We spoke to the players earlier today and everyone is excited for Bolton in the first game, but Forest Green in the second would be the same three points. That’s the key mentality for us to have through the year. It’s a long slog of a season with a lot of tough fixtures and there’s going to be good days and bad days. 

"We need to prepare as well as what we can and work really hard to make sure that we’re mentality and physically robust so we can then come out on top of that 46-game season with a good outcome."

As part of fixture release day, Town were drawn to host Colchester in the first round of the Carabao Cup while Arsenal U21 were confirmed as the final team in Southern Group H of the Papa Johns Trophy alongside the Blues, Cambridge and Northampton.

"It’s exciting to get Colchester who are obviously not too far down the road from us," Kieran continued. "It’s a fixture with a little bit more on it as they have lots of ex-Ipswich players who will be very motivated. 

"The cup competitions are going to be important for us. We want to do well and we want to progress. It’s also a chance for us to utilise the squad and develop some of the younger players who we have a high opinion of here. 

"We want to make sure that we have a strong squad so that we can compete across all competitions."

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