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IN GOOD SHAPE AND NO REAL CONCERNS

1 March 2016

Iron boss Nick Daws is expecting a good game when his side travel to take on promotion chasing Walsall on Tuesday night.

The Iron go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Oldham and take on a Walsall side that are fourth, but without a win in four.

The United boss has been impressed with Walsall though and felt that it would be an entertaining game between the two sides.

Daws told The Iron PlayerHD: “I’m expecting a really good game. Credit to Walsall, they have been one of the surprise packages of the season, along with Burton and Gillingham.

“I think they allowed Dean Smith time to build a style of play that suits them, and when they appointed Sean O’Driscoll it was particularly astute.

“He is a similar type of character and that was a great appointment for their transition. They aren’t up there by fluke and have some good players, so it should be a good game.

“They have (suffered a blip), but it is a division that is challenging. We are fortunate that we have a great squad of players and it has just been consistency at times. Those at the top have been able to keep that consistency.”

The Iron boss hoped that his side would be able to find some consistency from now until the end of the season, with the play-offs a realistic target.

Despite Walsall being near the top, Daws said that they would approach the game the same as they would do any other.

He said: “Whether you are playing a side at the top or the bottom, our preparation does not change. It hasn’t changed in the last two. We feel that we should have won them both, but we haven’t.

“It doesn’t give us any less confidence going into the game and I don’t see why that will change. The sides at the bottom area have been putting runs together.

“I still think that there is plenty of change going to happen, especially in those last few play-off spaces. There are probably ten or eleven teams fighting for those spots.”


RETURNING? Luke Williams has missed the last three games through injury, but has stepped up his training in a bid for a return to the line-up.

The Iron will be boosted by a virtually full strength squad for the trip to Walsall, with Luke Williams set to return.

Daws said: “Everybody is in good shape and we have no real concerns. If anything we are stronger as Luke Williams has had another day of training and he will be close.

“That will give us a pretty much full strength squad, and Sean McAllister will be the only absentee. He picked up a knock in training last week, but he should make the weekend.”

See much more from Iron manager Nick Daws and midfielder Jamie Ness as they preview the trip to Walsall this evening on The Iron PlayerHD.

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