Chris Kiwomya, the Notts County manager, has admitted his team could have been handed an easier start to the new League One season ahead of tonight’s match at Bramall Lane.
The visitors face Peterborough, Walsall and Stevenage following this evening’s televised fixture with Sheffield United before locking horns with newly promoted Rotherham on August 31.
Kiwomya, who is being assisted by former United coach Mick Jones, said last night: “It’s a very difficult start for us. I think all the games will be difficult at the start of the season.
“Sheffield United live on Sky adds a little bit more pressure but it’s good for the players to have that and you want to be in those sorts of games.
“We are going up there to try and get some sort of result from the game and if we can do that then we will be very happy.
“We know what the expectation is for the game and the players will be up for the game and will work very hard.
“I don’t know if we can mix it with the top sides because they’ve got bigger budgets and better players. But when you get out on the field it is 11 versus 11 so, yeah, we can compete with them.”
Kiwomya yesterday completed the signing of centre-forward Adam Coombes after the youngster, who started his career at Chelsea, impressed during County’s summer friendlies.
Coombes immediately set his sights on mounting a charge for promotion but Kiwomya, whose team have faced the likes of Galatasaray and Rayo Vallecano during pre-season, said: “I want to try being in the top half of the table. That’s the main ambition at the moment and if we can get to that position then who knows what else we can do.
“I’m very excited about the new season. We’ve worked very hard in the pre-season and had some difficult games and done quite well in them and now it’s all on Friday.
“I have been very pleased with the pre-season, the lads have worked hard and we’ve had some great teams come down to Meadow Lane which was good for the players.
“We’ve got a good team spirit at the moment and that’s something that I’ve wanted and we’ve worked very hard on it.
“Now we need to take that from the training ground onto the pitch.”