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23 December 2016

United manager Graham Alexander says he’s eagerly awaiting the Boxing Day clash with Bradford City.

Alexander states the 3-0 success against Millwall was the perfect tonic for his players going into Monday’s encounter, and added the game can’t come quick enough.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD ahead of the game: “It is a big game, because it’s the next one.

“I think the players will be desperate to get out there and show what they can do, against a tough opponent.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to. I think last week’s result was a massive positive for us, and it gave us that boost of confidence that we needed.”

With a nine-day gap between games, Alexander believes the additional time afforded for recuperation will only go to benefit his players, ahead of what is a busy festive period.

“We’ve tried to give the lads the proper time needed to recover, without distracting from the important work we have to do on the training pitch,” Alexander explained.

“It’s a balance, because they’ve had a tough three or four months already, but we have to make sure we keep those fitness levels as high as possible.

“The mentality has to be kept strong as well, because I believe the biggest thing in football is the focus needed to win games, to stay fit, and to do the right things at the right time.”

The visitors will be followed in strong numbers to Yorkshire, with around 1,500 supporters expected to pack out the away section of the Northern Commercials Stadium.

As usual, the Scunthorpe boss had nothing but positive words to attribute to the Iron faithful, who he says have played a major part in the first half of the campaign.

“There will be 20,000 supporters, and I’d imagine 1,500 of ours, which is important. It’s important we take that backing, and that they show us that support - which they will,” he stated.

“I’ve said many times this season that the support has helped us. It’s important that we continue to show that mentality of never giving up, and the supporters have a massive part to play in that role.

“We need them every game, all the way to the end. Any success is always shared between the support and the team, and we have to work both together to achieve anything.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Harry Toffolo and Jordan Clarke on The Iron PlayerHD.

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