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28 February 2014

The Iron travel to South Wales this weekend where they face Newport County in what will be yet another tasty League Two encounter.

United are unbeaten in 17 league matches while Justin Edinburgh’s side have lost their last two home matches.

That does not make the match any easier as Newport will be looking to get back to winning ways.

However, with that in mind Russ Wilcox altered the players’ schedule slightly this week just to ensure they’d be fresher for the 442 mile round trip.

He told The Iron Player: “I got the players in on Wednesday so they could have a cool down, massage and debrief.

“Then they’ll have Thursday off, which will turn out to be like a day and half for recovery because we travel to Newport on Friday afternoon.

“It’s important because it means we will have played three games in a week.”

Wilcox added: “We know the pitch won’t be great down there and there is more rain forecast for over the weekend so it is important they have had their rest.”

On Tuesday the Iron never got up to full speed against Bristol Rovers unlike their opponents and he is unsure why, however, he feels the extra day’s recovery that Bristol had could have helped them.

“We didn’t quite get up to speed on Tuesday night,” Wilcox said.

“I don’t know why?

“I know Bristol had an extra day and that could have helped them.

“They got on the front foot a lot more than what we did.”

The Iron boss will be more aware of the threat that Newport pose this weekend as Michael Collins, who is on loan at AFC Wimbledon played there in midweek.

Collins, who has played two full matches for Wimbledon since he made the move there last week, spoke to Wilcox prior to the two respective matches on Tuesday night and he said he will hold further discussions with the Iron manager leading up to Saturday’s match.

Wilcox explained: “We might have to make a few dispensations for the game for sure.

“I will be speaking heavily with Michael Collins as he played there for AFC Wimbledon the other night and won.

“I spoke to him before the Bristol Rovers game and he told me he’d give me a heads up of what to expect.

“They have had a decent home record this season, you just look at their last five games and they won the first and everyone would have thought they’d have been able to get a bit of momentum going.”

He added: “But they lost their last one and with a bit of luck they’ll lose their next one as well.”

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