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24 February 2015

Iron assistant manager Ned Kelly said that the side are raring to go on Tuesday against Barnsley and bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Preston.

The Iron fell to a 2-0 defeat at Deepdale at the weekend, but have an instant chance to bounce back and add to their two consecutive home wins.

Kelly said the squad were confident heading into the game and that fatigue, following a long sequence of fixtures, would not be an issue.

Kelly told The Iron Player: “We've had a second day of recovery this morning up at the pool so they'll be ready and fit to go on Tuesday.

“We've got an 18 man squad at the moment so the gaffer is thinking about the best options for the game.

“He'll make a decision on Tuesday and we will be mindful that it's quite a local derby, with them not being too far away so we'll be looking to win.

“The players are a fit bunch and they recover well. They work hard at the game and work hard at the fitness. That's just part and parcel of what the league is about.”

The Iron assistant added that Jordan Clarke and George Evans had minor problems, but would both be likely to feature on Tuesday.

The rest of the squad came through the game unscathed, however Kelly confirmed that defender Alex Davey would be missing once again.

He said: “Alex is going to be another week or two. He's working well with the physiotherapist and his hamstring is coming along.

“As is such with that injury it always ends up being a couple of weeks though. He certainly won't be available for Tuesday's game.”

Kevin van Veen was withdrawn at half-time, but Kelly confirmed that it was purely a tactical decision and praised the Dutchman’s contribution so far.

The Iron assistant said: “He's done well. He's come from a different type of football from what he's been used to.

“He's played well here at home, but it wasn't quite his game on Saturday and that's why the gaffer changed it at half time.

“He's going to be a good player for the football club and we will support him. He's keen to learn and keen to ask questions.”

Kelly was confident that the Iron could get a positive result against Barnsley, if they could continue their impressive home form as shown against Swindon and Chesterfield.

The Iron assistant added that they would not underestimate the Tykes who are without a manager, continuing to prepare for every game accordingly.

He said: They're dogged and have had a really good result at the weekend, scoring from two set-plays.

“They've obviously changed their manager and have caretakers involved at the moment so we expect a tough game from them.

“It's a game that we are looking to win. We only ever concentrate on the next one. We've had two good results here over the last couple of weeks against Swindon and Chesterfield so we want to carry on that form.

“We've had really good support from the fans and we'll look to try and entertain and we will look to try and come away with three points.

“We never try and look at other people's results as you can only affect what you've got in the dressing room and on your own pitch. As I say we're looking for a good performance and three points.”

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