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1 August 2014

The Iron play their final pre-season match, against a Leicester City X1 this Saturday,

Manager Russ Wilcox has insisted that he will be selecting what he considers to be a strong team.

United have won six out of their seven friendly fixtures so far and will be looking for another morale boosting victory against Steve Beaglehole’s U21 side as the team enter the final stages of their preparations for the new campaign.

And while the side picked to play at the weekend won’t necessarily be the same eleven that will line up at Swindon in the club’s first league game seven days later, Wilcox admits that it will be very close to that.

He told The Iron Player: “It will be a strong team that plays, I think it has to be.

“It’s the last pre-season match before the Swindon game and I’m not saying that it’ll be the team that starts at Swindon but it will be very close.

“You never know what can happen in the last week of pre-season but it’ll certainly be a strong team.”

The visitors will be fielding their U21 side at Glanford Park as they prepare for their own season but there is a possibility that a handful players currently on the fringes of the club’s first team could feature.

Wilcox is unclear as to which players his squad will be lining up against but knows that it will be a tough test whatever the case.

“We don’t know what the Leicester team will be but no doubt there will be some quality players out there,” he continued.

“I spoke to Steve Beaglehole on Thursday morning who said it’s going to be a strong team.

“It’s not going to be their first team I don’t think but they’ll definitely have a good squad to choose from.”

Scunthorpe will be looking to record their seventh triumph of pre-season and their second on home soil following the 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town six days ago.

But Wilcox has said that the most important thing will be to go out and produce another good performance, rather than solely focusing on trying to win.

He added: “It’s probably more important to get another good performance under our belt.

“If we can marry that with a win then that’ll be fantastic.

“We want to win every game and every time you step out onto the football pith as a player you should look to do that.

“I want that habit to be around the football club. We had that last year and I want the players to be going into Swindon full of confidence.”

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

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