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IN GOOD SPIRITS AHEAD OF POSH TRIP

22 April 2016

United manager Graham Alexander says his players are in good spirits ahead of this Saturday’s trip to face Peterborough United.

Alexander did though state it’s imperative the Iron equal or even surpass the levels which were hit in Tuesday’s 2-1 success over Bury, if they’re to take all three points from their clash with the Posh.

Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “We’re in a good run of form, in good spirits and you can definitely sense it around the training ground.

“When you’re in good form and winning games, you can’t wait for the next game and that’s where the players are at the moment.

“It’s the kind of environment you want to be around, but we have to work hard in order to keep it that way. It doesn’t just happen, so we have to do all of the things we did on Tuesday - and possibly more - to give ourselves a chance against Peterborough.

“They’re a team with a lot of good players. They’ve possibly underperformed with what their expectations are. However, they’ve shown what they’re capable of, so we know it’s going to be a tough game, and one we’ll have to perform to our maximum in to give ourselves a good chance.”

Ahead of the match at the ABAX Stadium, Alexander revealed midfielder Jamie Ness won’t be in contention for a place in the matchday squad - due to not training prior to the encounter.

He said the Scotsman won’t be rushed back into first team action, and added the same principles exist for everyone else at the club.

“I’m not envisaging him being involved against Peterborough, because he hasn’t trained in the lead up to the game,” he revealed.

“We’re hopeful for next week but we don’t want to risk anyone with three games and cause a long-term injury.

“I do believe the players need a good spell of training before coming back into the team after a period of time on the sidelines.”

The Iron manager insists he’ll be striving to get the absolute maximum out of the squad which he has at his disposal, because he knows what ability they have.

“I want the players to be in no uncertain terms with what is expected of them, what they’re capable of and we just expect them to go and do what they do every day in training,” he said.

“If they do that, we know we’ve got good enough players and a good enough team to go and win games.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good following of supporters with us on Saturday to back us up on this good run of form and to see us get three points against a tough opponent.”
 
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