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14 August 2015

The Iron return to League One action as Crewe visit Glanford Park on Saturday.

United were at Glanford Park in midweek, but fell to a defeat on penalties to Barnsley in the Capital One Cup.

Visitors Crewe also suffered disappointment in midweek, losing to Preston 3-1, although they picked up a point in their league opener against Port Vale.

They will be hoping to build on last season’s 20th place finish and have made some decent additions over the summer.

Luke Daniels will continue to miss out as he serves the second game of his three match suspension, with Joe Anyon likely to continue in goal.

Rory Watson does offer another option for Mark Robins though after joining on a one month loan deal from Hull.

The Iron boss will also be without long-term absentees Luke Williams and Niall Canavan, with both out through medial knee ligament and ankle injuries respectively.

Meanwhile, Jordan Clarke and Stephen Dawson will be assessed after picking up knocks in midweek.

Crewe central midfielder David Fox is someone who offers plenty of experience to a side that is relatively young.

The summer signing has played at the top level for Norwich City and joined the Alex from League One rivals Colchester.

The 31-year-old started his career at Manchester United, but failed to make a single appearance before moving to Blackpool.

He played for the Lancashire side for four seasons, helping them into the Championship before moving to Colchester.

An impressive season in Essex saw him follow his former manager Paul Lambert to Norwich, where he was instrumental in their promotion to the top flight.

Despite being a fan favourite, Fox found himself out of favour under Chris Hughton in 2013 and returned to Colchester.

After another successful stint in Essex, Fox decided to return to the North West to be closer to his family, which saw him join Crewe.

Two goals in as many second half minutes saw the Iron slip to a 2-0 defeat against the Alex back in March.

Greg Leigh scored an unstoppable free-kick to open the scoring on 54 minutes, with Marcus Haber heading home a second goal just 84 seconds later.

The Iron had dominated the game for large periods, but had failed to find a way through the Crewe defence and ‘keeper Paul Rachubka.

The result saw the Alex move level on points with United and into 18th place, although they had played a game more than the Iron.

Crewe’s last visit to Glanford Park saw Mark Robins’ side win 2-1 as Miguel Llera’s late strike grabbed a crucial victory for the hosts.

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