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19 August 2014

Manager Russ Wilcox believes the supporters deserve nothing less than a fully committed performance against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

The Iron squad are preparing for their second home game within the space of three days,

United suffered a 4-0 defeat against Preston North End on Saturday in the club’s first Glanford Park match of the season and are still to get off and running in terms of league points in the new campaign.

Wilcox has praised the attitude of the fans during what has been a tough start for the team and is confident that their backing will be rewarded against Fleetwood on Tuesday evening.

He told The Iron Player: “The positive side of having a game so quickly after the defeat we suffered against Preston is that it gives us the chance to get straight back on the bike.

“We fell off the bike on Saturday and we’ve got to jump back on it and start peddling as quickly as we can.

“I’m hoping to see a much improved performance because the fans on Saturday were excellent so great credit to them.

“We were three goals down after 47 minutes but they stuck with us so we owe the supporters a whole hearted, fully committed display and I’m hoping that’s what we’ll get.”

The Cod Army were promoted, along with Scunthorpe, to League One following impressive campaigns for both sides last season.

And with two wins from their opening two third tier games, Wilcox knows Graham Alexander’s men will be buoyant heading into the clash but he’s expecting his squad of players to be up for the challenge ahead.

“They’ve had a good start which is what every team wants at the beginning of a season because it breeds confidence,” he continued.

“They’ll be stepping out onto the field full of confidence and we’ve got to make sure we rise to the occasion.

“We’ll get amongst them but we’ll also play our football, which we have done in our opening games.

“We’ve played some really entertaining stuff but now we need to marry that with results.”

The boss admitted after the game with North End that he could make changes to his starting line-up as the team look to rediscover some of the form shown under him during last season.

Wilcox has placed particular importance on the need for the squad to unite and work together in order to put the difficult start endured behind them and get some points on the board.

He added: “I thought about that (potentially making changes to his starting X1) over the weekend because that’s what you have to do as a manager.

“The first port of call is for me to look at it myself and I think that’s also what every player has to do as well, it’s a collective thing.

“I spoke last season about the fact that it’s never about one person, whether you’re successful or you’re not. It was never just about me last season when we were successful and it’s not just about me now this year.

“It’s about everybody at the football club coming together through this difficult start and turning that around into a positive.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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