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16 December 2016

Iron boss Graham Alexander says he and his players will be looking for three points in their final home match of the year, when Millwall visit on Saturday.

Should United avoid defeat against the Lions, it would cap off an unbeaten 2016 in the league at Glanford Park but, as ever, Alexander insists he won’t just be settling for a share of the spoils.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “We always look forward to the next game, whether it’s home or away, but especially at Glanford Park.

“We’ve got a good record here, and we enjoy playing here. What we’ve done in the past won’t win us any points on Saturday though, so we have to make sure we get to the performance level we expect from the team to win a game.

“The players have worked extremely hard this week to make sure that’s the case. We also want to finish the year at home in a positive fashion. Saturday’s the opportunity to do that, but it’ll be a tough game.”

Analysing this weekend’s opponents, the Scunthorpe boss stated Neil Harris’ side shouldn't be underestimated, given their impressive track record.

“They’ve a very good squad,” he stated.

“You don’t get to the play-off final, as they did last season, without having a good team. We know of the task ahead.

“For me, we could be playing anyone on Saturday - it’s about us. It’s about our performance, and getting back to the idea of how we want to play.

“We know it’s a tough game, as you’ve seen each week in League One, and we’re not expecting anything different.”

On the injury front, Alexander revealed the only definite ommission from his squad will be defender David Mirfin, who continues to step up his recovery.

“Murray (Wallace) is recovering from a dead leg that he got in the first half of last week’s game. Duane Holmes twisted his ankle just before he came off also,” Alexander revealed.

“Stephen Dawson came through the  90 minutes after his injury really well. He had to withstand some tough challenges, but you’re not going to get many much tougher then Stephen.

“Jamie (Ness) is over his illness and he’s back in the group, which is a positive. At the moment we’re only missing Mirf (David Mirfin), and we know his timeframe.

“He’s desperate to get on the grass at the moment, because that’s the next step in his rehab. However, we have to make sure we do that at the right time, and don’t put him at risk for any further injury.

“We’re in a good state physically and it’s important, because we’ll need that on Saturday.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Murray Wallace and Tom Hopper on the Iron PlayerHD.

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