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19 August 2016

Looking ahead to Saturday’s home encounter with Gillingham, manager Graham Alexander says he’ll be looking for the same level of performance which was shown in the midweek victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Alexander conceded that the Gills have made an equally as impressive start to the new season as United, but stated there’s a great level of belief around in the camp, going into the game.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “They’ve made a positive start, like they did last season, and have been straight out of the blocks just like us.

“So it’s important we can continue where we left off on Tuesday and show that sort of attitude and commitment to the game, added to the quality we showed in different spells. Certainly what we showed in the first half, we have to show again.

“We’re in a good place, the players are in a good place. They’re feeling really confident in what they’re doing, and we have to maintain that."

Reflecting on Tuesday’s success, the Iron boss described just how delighted he was with the drive and determination of his players, to see out what was a difficult second half.

He went on to add that he and his players will be expecting another battle this weekend, but insisted he’s confident everyone is ready for the challenge.

“You’ll have to go some to find a tougher test than the second half on Tuesday, because that was a stern physical test, and a test of our bravery and commitment - and we passed every one of those,” he stated.

“It was great to see. Every game in this division is tough for us, or in any division, because professional football is a highly competitive game.

“We of course want to make it a tough test for Gillingham too, and we know their strengths, but we feel we’ve got one or two of our own as well. So it’s important we showcase those on Saturday."

Despite the winning habit which the Iron have sunken into of late, Alexander was quick to hammer home how crucial it is to not get too carried away with the near perfect start his team have made to the campaign.

For the 44-year-old it’s all about the next game, and he revealed that’s his constant message on the training field.

“When you’re winning you want to continue on, and you look forward to the next game even more. Which means that time flies, because you’re always thinking about the next game,” he explained.

“We have to make sure that we do only focus on the next game, and not look too far ahead.

“Obviously as a staff we plan weeks in advance, the training schedule and so forth. However, when we speak to the players, we only speak to them about the next game, because that’s the most important thing at the moment.

See much more from Graham Alexander, Stephen Dawson and David Mirfin on The Iron PlayerHD.

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