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PLAYERS SET FOR MORE MINUTES

12 July 2016

Ahead of his side’s clash with Union UNIS Gschwandt, United boss Graham Alexander says he’ll be focusing completely on what his team can produce.

For Alexander, it’s all about the work leading up to the opening fixture of the League One season against Bristol Rovers, and the match against the Austrian side is a part of that process.

Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “They’re unknown. We tried to arrange a fixture against a certain level opposition at this stage of the season, but you’re never quite sure exactly what you’re going to get.

“However, like I said before, it’s what I see in my team and my players and what they produce. I know what they can produce regardless of the opposition, and we’re putting the building process in place, so we can hit the ground running when the season starts.

“We need to pick it up a little bit, so the lads will probably play more minutes than they did last week, and that’s how we’ll do it until we get into the real thing."

The Iron manager stated he will be encouraging his players to embrace the challenge of facing an unknown quantity in Gschwandt, a challenge which he believes will only benefit the squad.

“Because they’re from a different country they’ll have a different style of football than what we might be used to," he added.

"In saying that though, I’m only concerned about my team and my players, and they know how we want to approach any game.

“It’s the same in training, we don’t ask them to do anything they don’t do in training in the games. The games are an extension of what we do day-to-day.

“So we’re really looking forward to it, as it can be mentally tough here. So to get out of the ranks and play away from here will do them the world of good."

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