Iron manager Nick Daws is relishing a return to Glanford Park after his first victory in permanent charge at the stadium last time out.United beat Doncaster Rovers 2-0 eleven days ago and welcome another fairly local side in Chesterfield to North Lincolnshire on Saturday.
The Derbyshire club are, like Rovers, another side that have found themselves at the wrong end of the table for much of the season, but have began to pick up results pulling them away from trouble in recent weeks.
“It’s what you expect and it’s this league really,” Daws told The Iron PlayerHD.
“In recent weeks, the two teams we’ve played in the poorest form are the ones still in the play-offs. It’s what we expected ten games ago and we said every game from now until the end of the season will be tough and that’s what it is proving to be.
“There’s so much riding on it (for almost every team in the division) and it will be a tough challenge against Chesterfield. Their form has been indifferent over the course of the season and we picked up a great result there in late October and hopefully we can repeat that on Saturday."
After a change in managers, with Danny Wilson at the helm of the Spireites, Daws is under no illusions it will be another tough encounter; particularly following their upturn in form.
“Danny is an extremely experienced manager,” he continued.
“He’s one of the few that have hit the ‘1,000 Club’, which all managers aspire to. He’s still relatively young for a manager which shows how successful and consistent he has been.
“He’s played for a lot of clubs in this area and Chesterfield is one of those teams. It’s a great fit for them. I’ve got full respect for him and the work he’s doing there.”
After a pair of Saturday-Tuesday fixtures consecutively, the Scunthorpe boss has relished the chance to prepare for their latest encounter over a full week.
“It’s nice to have a full week’s preparation and to rest a few legs,” he stated.
“We certainly won’t be dropping the intensity through each session, but it was nice to get out on the pitch and be able to prepare a little bit more ahead of the weekend. The benefit we’ve had is being able to keep the same team on the pitch, apart from the odd change here and there.
“We set out at the start of the season to come up with a method of working that we were sure would see us through to the end of the season. We want to be able to work at the same intensity and make the same demands of the players and get that balance right between work and recovery.
“So far, it is working and I fully expect us to go into that last game against Sheffield United being as fit as we were at the start of the season.”
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