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IRON GEARED UP FOR BURTON TRIP

7 August 2015

United manager Mark Robins says that the squad is near a clean bill of health ahead of this Saturday's trip to Burton Albion.

Robins says that almost everyone is in contention for the opening day of the campaign, with the exception of Dave Syers, who went for a scan on a hip issue on Thursday.

"Hakeeb Adelakun's back in training and anyone else who was carrying a knock is back with us," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"Pre-season is always a time for recruitment, fitness and no injuries. Generally it's gone okay."

The Iron remained unbeaten throughout pre-season, a run which included two draws and one victory against three Championship sides. Robins however insists that nothing has been achieved yet.

"We've got to make sure that we keep our feet on the ground and be ready for the challenges that lie ahead," he stated.

"Nothing's won in pre-season, but we have had a real good pre-season practice, with some good performances and games played at a good intensity."

Robins says that facing a newly promoted side in Burton will be a challenge, especially as it's their first time at this level of league football.

"We've been to see Burton Albion a number of times, myself included, and we know that they're a really hard-working side that have some very talented players in their team," he explained.

"We'll be going all out to get those three points, as will they.

"There's no doubt that we'll have a good game plan and we'll try and execute that the best that we possibly can."

The Iron boss has been busy in terms of adding to his squad this summer and he says the club and himself are pleased with the business that has been done.

"I'm pleased with the recruitment that we've had and it's phase one in terms of what we were looking to do moving forward," he said.

This week saw the appointment of Stephen Dawson as club captain and the United manager says the decision was one that speaks for itself.

He said: "His side nearly got into the play-offs last season and he knows exactly what it takes.

"He'll drive the team on and he's very vocal on the field."

"We've a more experienced squad this year and we're hoping to finish in a higher league position," he added.

"From our perspective, we want to win every game that we play.

"We want to win everything, you've got to dream. However, we've got to be realistic, especially with the sides that have come down. Wigan will be strong and I've heard that Millwall are playing some good football.

"We'll need to be better in the defensive third, because we conceded too many goals last season."

See much more from Mark Robins on The Iron PlayerHD.

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