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13 January 2015

Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe hopes Scunthorpe can display their ruthless streak again and overcome Chesterfield in Tuesday’s FA Cup third round replay.

The previous encounter between the sides finished 2-2 at Glanford Park, but Slocombe has called on his team mates to get the job done inside 90 minutes this time.

The Iron’s second round tie against Worcester went all the way to penalties, but the ‘keeper hopes they can build on Saturday’s impressive display.

Slocombe told The Iron Player: “Hopefully it doesn’t go to extra time and penalties and hopefully it’s sorted in ninety minutes, but off the back of the result at the weekend we’re in some good form and really looking forward and relishing the game that’s coming up on Tuesday.

“It was a nice thing to be quite ruthless in front of goal (at Walsall) and take four goals. We still had quite a few more opportunities so it could have been more.

“It was a really professional performance from the guys in tricky conditions both weather wise and the pitch.”

The Iron face a difficult trip to League One rivals Chesterfield though, who they have already met three times this campaign, with a win apiece and also a draw.

Both sides know each other well and Slocombe is expecting a tight game. He said: “It’s quite evenly poised. With it being at home for them, they might have a little bit of an advantage.

“We’re both on a good run and both play good football. In the first half against them on Tuesday we were fantastic and then second half against us they were fantastic.

“It’ll be a close one, it will be really tight, but hopefully we can come away with the win.”

Championship side Derby County await the winners in the fourth round and Slocombe feels that it would be a good test for the Iron.

He said: “There’s no question Derby are a top team and you see the way Steve McLaren’s got them set up so it would be a tough game if we got through, but it would give us an opportunity to test ourselves against a really good team.”

Chesterfield are the only hurdle between the Iron and a tie away to Derby, but Slocombe believes everyone at the club can be pleased with the run they have had this season.

The Iron number one said: “It will be a great achievement for the club. It does provide its rewards, both financially and for the club as well, for the fans.

“It’s important for the club to get to the third round to give you the opportunity to get a big team and if you get to the fourth round it gives you even more opportunities to get a great tie.

“In the past couple of years I’ve been here we haven’t done too well in the FA Cup so it’s been a really good achievement.”

See much more from Sam Slocombe and Mark Robins on The Iron Player.

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