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1 April 2016

Manager Graham Alexander is relishing his side’s trip to the Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday to face Bradford City.

The Bantams currently occupy the final of four play-off spots, with the gap between them and the Iron standing at eight points prior to the encounter. While conceding that games are fast running out to close the gap, a victory against Bradford would inevitably reduce the difference.

“All we can do is win our own games and see where it takes us,” he stated, talking to The Iron PlayerHD.

“If we can get a positive result again, we will claw away at the gap. There won’t be a game this season, even if it is mathematically impossible to get in the play-offs, that we won’t go all out for a win."

It’s been regularly described as a whirlwind start to his managerial tenue of United, coming 28-years after he first joined as an apprentice in 1988. Alexander spoke briefly about his start at the club, coming just over a week after it was announced he was to take charge.

“The results so far have been the most important thing,” he continued.

“The reception by everybody from the crowd to everyone behind the scenes has been fantastic. Everybody here has got a strong work ethic, which I like to see. It’s the only way to be successful. It’s been a hectic week, dropped in at the deep end, but that’s how I like to work and I’m just as raring to go as the players.

“I’m looking forward to going into the games, after being on the training pitch with the players, where the fine line is there. Hopefully we can walk on the right side of it, more often than not.”

Preparations have continued as normal following the 6-0 victory over Swindon Town on Easter Monday, with Alexander taking four points from his first two matches in charge.

“We brought the lads in (on Tuesday) to make sure they recovered and we prepare right for this game,” he stated.

“We were back in on Thursday and had a really good, upbeat session. Everyone is enjoying their football at the minute, which is fantastic. It’s important that we build up towards the weekend and don’t leave anything on the training ground.

“It’s going to be a good and interesting game, but it’s one we are going to have to be up for. The players will be under no uncertain terms that they’re going to have to be competitive on Saturday to give them a good game."

See much more from Graham Alexander, Conor Townsend and Paddy Madden on The Iron PlayerHD.

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