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27 March 2016

The Iron take on Swindon at Glanford Park in their second match of the Easter weekend, and Graham Alexander’s first at home.

The new boss took charge for the first time in Good Friday’s 0-0 draw at Barnsley, and he will hope to go one better on Monday.

United come up against a Swindon side that has had a similar season to them, finding themselves just two places and three points behind the Iron.

They suffered a heavy defeat on Good Friday though, losing 4-1 at home to promotion hopefuls Wigan, which ended a run of seven unbeaten.

The Iron will hope a win can close the gap between themselves and the play-offs, while a Swindon win would keep their slim top six hopes alive.

Iron boss Graham Alexander will have to wait on the fitness of a few of his first team players ahead of the visit of Swindon.

Jim O’Brien picked up a strain at Barnsley and is doubtful, while Jamie Ness came off nursing a knock. Meanwhile, Neal Bishop and Kyle Wootton missed the trip with slight injuries.

All four will be assessed before the game, with Scott Wiseman definitely absent after surgery to remove a bone growth.

Nicky Ajose has been one of the top performers in League One this season, netting 22 times in all competitions following his summer move.

The striker scored in Friday’s defeat to Wigan, his eighth goal in his last seven appearances for the Wiltshire club.

He started his career at Manchester United, but failed to make a first team impact so moved to Bury on loan.

His spell at Bury prompted Peterborough to make a move for him in 2011, although he only managed 27 appearances in his three years.

Ajose enjoyed a loan spell with the Iron in 2011, whilst also heading to Chesterfield, Crawley, Bury, and Swindon during his time with the Posh.

He joined Leeds last season, but was loaned out to Crewe, where he enjoyed a decent goal return in his time at the club.

The striker’s contract at Leeds was terminated at the start of the season, leading to him joining Swindon and starting his second spell with the club.

The Iron were victorious on Swindon’s last visit to Glanford Park, coming from a goal down to win 3-1 in last season’s clash.

Michael Smith fired home from the edge of the area to give the visitors a half-time lead, but the Iron hit back strongly after the break.

Paddy Madden drilled United level just after the hour mark, before Niall Canavan headed the Iron ahead with 15 minutes left.

A superb chip from Dutchman Kevin van Veen secured the victory and moved the Iron seven point above the bottom four.

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