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4 March 2016

United manager Nick Daws believes Saturday's home encounter with Gillingham will present a test of a different kind, but states it's one which no one will be taking lightly.

The Gills sit fourth in the League One table and Daws paid tribute to their achievements so far this season.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: "It'll maybe a bit of a different challenge in terms of the style of play we faced at Walsall on Tuesday night, but again it's a side which have done tremendously well to remain up and around the play-offs all season.

"We had a cracking game down at their place in the autumn and I thought we deserved more out of the game that day. But we'll be giving everything and preparing well so we can come away with the three points at the weekend.

"They've got some good young players and you can tell they've got a work ethic and desire, similar to what we've tried to instill here in the past few weeks and that's allowed them to grind out results when perhaps they've not performed at their best."

Nick Daws says preparations are going well for the home game against Gillingham.

As well as praising Saturday's opponents, Daws too highlighted the importance of frontman Tom Hopper, who got 45 minutes rest in the midweek clash at the Bank's' Stadium.

"Tom (Hopper) did really well. I think the fact we performed a bit better in terms of keeping the ball in the second half helped Tom, whereas it didn't help Greg (Luer) in the first half," he said.

"But Tom's attributes are there for all to see and he's been a big bonus for us since he came back into the team.

"The thing with Tom was that he'd had 12 weeks out and literally came straight back into the team. So he's got he's match fitness through playing in the first team, just out of necessity really, but he's proved what an important player he is for us.

"He'll benefit from the 45 minute break and he'll benefit from the 45 minutes he played against Walsall."

Daws also spoke about United's fitness levels ahead of Saturday's fixture and explained what will be done to ensure everyone is in the best possible shape going into the match at Glanford Park.

Despite the quick turnaround though, the 45-year-old feels there will be no problems when it comes to kick-off.

"The recovery process starts immediately after the game and continues all the way through to Saturday morning really and it's up to us to get them in the freshest condition we possibly can," he explained.

"We're certainly doing everything right, as we always do. They'll eat the right things, they'll have been to Forest Pines and done their recovery session on the bikes and in the pool.

"They're good, they're professional and we've got a good staff, so they'll be in the best possible condition come three o'clock on Saturday."

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