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ALEXANDER PREVIEWS NOTTS COUNTY TEST

9 August 2016

With three points on the board in Sky Bet League One, progression in the EFL Cup is the next focus for Iron manager Graham Alexander.

The United boss is looking for his side to back up an opening day win over Bristol Rovers with another solid home performance against League Two Notts County in round one of the competition.

"Saturday was a great performance by us, especially in the second half," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"It was a massive positive for us to win against a newly promoted team and the momentum they've carried for the previous two seasons.

"I thought our quality in the second half showed and we deservedly won the game. The lads responded really well to the challenge and we want to continue that on Tuesday."

The Magpies were defeated 2-0 by Yeovil Town on the opening day of the season but, with a good squad and an experienced manager at the helm, Alexander is expecting another tough test - this time under the floodlights at Glanford Park.

"We know we will be tested again," he continued.

"We're not going to look at what level Notts County are at or their previous result. We have to take them as serious contenders to come here and we know it'll be a tough game.

"I've come up against John (Sheridan) a couple of times and it has always been a tough game. He knows how to organise a team and get them playing good football.

"We have to have the right mentality from minute one as it will be just as tough as it was Saturday.

"If we take the game to Notts County like we did against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, it will be a tough game for them as well."

Despite not looking past Scunthorpe's next game which comes in the cup competition, Alexander reiterated that winning breeds confidence and the momentum can be transferred back to the league.

"Winning is a good habit to be in," said Alexander.

"We saw that at the end of last season and then we look forward to the next game. Every time we put our boots on and put a Scunthorpe shirt on, we need to have that will to win and Tuesday will be no different.

"If we win the game, it is a positive for the next one. There's always an incentive to win; it's a good feeling, regardless of what comes next.

"The supporters had a massive part to play on Saturday, especially when Kev (van Veen) got the equaliser. The atmosphere generated within the stadium certainly helped the team and they responded to that.

"We have to maintain that relationship, we will get that backing 100 per cent if we continue to show the commitment and quality. We saw that Saturday and we'd love to get that going again."

United will once again be without striker Paddy Madden as he recovers from a calf injury, while Sam Mantom comes back into contention following a full week's training.

"Sam comes into contention for the squad on Tuesday," he stated.

"He was on Saturday, but we just felt it was too early. It's too early for Paddy again."

See much more from the Iron boss and defender Conor Townsend, previewing the EFL Cup clash, on The Iron PlayerHD.

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