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29 April 2016

Ahead of the Iron's final home game of the regular season, manager Graham Alexander is looking forward to his side performing in front of a large crowd at Glanford Park.

Despite the occasion, which has seen the two home seated stands reach near full capacity, the United boss has given the same message to his players to focus 100% on the game and put on a performance worthy of collecting three points.

"They're all big games for us," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"The previous ones we have approached in the right way with a mindset to win the game and that's how we have to approach Saturday's game.

"The players are in a good place at the moment and are feeling good about themselves and the way the team is playing. We need to continue that because it will be a tough game against Port Vale.

"They've had some good results in the last couple of weeks and they'll be coming here to compete at the level they expect and we need to make sure that we do that as well and do enough to win the game."

Port Vale arrive at Glanford Park without having to worry about their League One status in either direction, but with a number of Valiant players out of contract in the summer, they've overhauled two play-off contending outfits in as many games, with Gillingham and Rochdale both suffering defeats in the last fortnight.

"There are no gimmes," he continued.

"We have to make sure we are bang on it, because if we're not anybody can beat anyone in the league.

"We don't compare ourselves to anyone else, we compare ourselves to the standards that we set. What I've seen from the players both on the training pitch and in games makes me confident that we can provide another performance.

"The week gap has given us the chance to look after a couple of the lads with bumps and bruises and to get them as physically prepared for the game as possible, because it will be a physical game."

The Scunthorpe boss is eager for his side to put on a performance for the extra numbers at Glanford Park this weekend, but also paid tribute to the "loyal core" who have been behind the team all season.

"There are two or three players really knocking on the door to get back in the team and we have the players in a good mindset," he stated.

"The team are winning games and they all want to be a part of it. It's set to be a really good atmosphere and we need that support week-in, week-out, but we need to make it a good atmosphere by putting on a good performance.

"We want to encourage more numbers down to the ground and encourage people to come back. We have a loyal core who come week-in, week-out and that's fantastic and we want to reward that as well.

"The supporters are the one constant of the club for decades and I think the players have shown their true commitment for the team and the shirt over the last few weeks."

See much more from Graham Alexander previewing the weekend's encounter with Port Vale, along with Hakeeb Adelakun and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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