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PREPARATIONS GOING WELL AHEAD OF ROVERS CLASH

5 February 2016

Nick Daws is pleased with how preparations are going for the clash with Doncaster Rovers as the Iron look to make it three wins from three.

The joint-caretaker manager has challenged his players to “step it up again” following back-to-back victories over Colchester United and Coventry City.

“The preparations have gone really well again,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“That’s a pleasing thing. Andy and I have made demands of the players and they’ve risen to every single one of them. We’ve got a strong squad and everybody is stepping up and is ready to go.

“Doncaster bring a record of four wins and three draws from the last seven games away from home, which means it will be a tough challenge for us. They have a method of playing, which may or may not change for the weekend and we’ve got to be adaptable to deal with their threats.

“Andy and I went along to the Walsall game on Tuesday night and we saw them seven days prior as well against Port Vale. It’s always nice for us personally to see the opposition prior to playing them.

“Once we go into the game on Saturday, it will be those small margins again which determines whether we win or lose the game. We will have full respect for Doncaster, and their away form since the start of November suggests it could be one of our toughest home fixtures between now and the end of the season.

“We’re asking the players to put in a lot of effort in training and a lot in games as well, so it’s important we keep the players fit and fresh. We’ve had the luxury of having a week's preparation for the first three games we’ve been in charge.

“We’ve got to be more and more conscious of that once we get to Saturday-Tuesday games.”



Recalling the victory in December, which ended a run of nine games without victory over the side, Daws expects an equally-challenging game, with Rovers looking to avenge for the Boxing Day defeat.

“We had a really tough, but hard-earned victory at the Keepmoat Stadium back on Boxing Day,” he recalled.

“We fully expect Darren to bring the team and try and reverse the result. We had an improvement in our overall performance against Coventry last weekend and we’ve got to step up again this weekend against Doncaster at the weekend.

“It’s about winning football matches and it doesn’t matter who we come up against, we will set out to win the game.”

See much more from Nick Daws, Scott Wiseman and Dominic Vose on The Iron PlayerHD.

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