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Leds get it started!

Posted on 13 August 2010  - 12:00

Ledley King has pointed to how important our record-breaking start was in our ultimately successful campaign last season - and the Club captain is hoping for more of the same this time around.

Leds get it started!

Ledley King has pointed to how important our record-breaking start was in our ultimately successful campaign last season - and the Club captain is hoping for more of the same this time around.

As with a year ago, we kick off a new season with a home game against one of the country's top sides - this time a new-look Manchester City.

We defeated a Liverpool side tipped by many as title contenders on the opening day a year ago and went on to win our following three games in our best ever Premier League start.

So Ledley is looking for a repeat, saying: "We took a lot of positives out of the Liverpool result on the first day of last season and went from strength to strength after that.

"We beat Hull, West Ham, then Birmingham and we were on really good form, and it all came from the fact we got off to a winning start against a team who were title contenders.

"If we can start off the same way this season, it will set us up nicely. I'm really looking forward to it."

There is added spice to this opening fixture in as much as City were the team we denied a place in this season's Champions League with that famous win at Eastlands back in May.

Ledley believes many will see Saturday's clash as a pointer to who will be the more successful of the sides come next May.

Roberto Mancini's men have certainly set their stall out, making four high profile additions to their squad to date during the current transfer window.

But our ever reliable defender insists we are prepared for anything, especially with the added bonus of being in front of our own fans.

Ledley added: "The two teams who were fighting it out for fourth spot at the end of last season are facing each other on the first day of this season.

"A lot of people will probably be looking to write one of us off depending on this result!

"We're aware of the threat they possess and we're expecting a very tough game. They've got big aspirations for this season and will want to get off to a good start, as will we.

"Whatever 11 they have starting the game will be quality players, so all we need to know is that we'll be in for a tough game and we have to be prepared for that.

"It's difficult to know which players we will be preparing for, but we prepare to put our strengths into play to try and win the game.

"We're at home, which is a big bonus for us considering the support we have, and if we can get off to a winning start then it really sets us up."