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6 May 2016

United captain Stephen Dawson says there’s an overriding feeling of excitement around the camp ahead of Sunday’s away clash with Sheffield United.

He too praised the travelling Scunthorpe support, who are once again backing the team in their droves, following last weekend’s bumper crowd at Glanford Park.

Dawson told The Iron PlayerHD: “The squad is full of excitement, especially after last week.

“It just can’t come quick enough, because it’s been a long week waiting for this game, and all the players just can’t wait.

“There are going to be 3,000 fans heading to Bramall Lane, which will be special and hopefully we can give them what they deserve.”

Dawson and his teammates go into the game on the back of a five match winning streak, but the Irishman believes that form won’t have too much bearing on the final outcome.

“What’s happened in the past has gone now, and if we take our foot off the gas in any way, we’ll get punished, because Sheffield United are a good team,” he said.

“There will be no favours, so we’ve got to go out and try to perform, and get the three points which we desperately need.

“It’s just another game now, and we’ll treat it as another game to try and win the three points to get us where I believe we should have been from the start of the season.

“I still think all along we should have been in this position, and that’s no disrespect to any other teams, but that’s what I believe.”

Sunday’s opponents sit five points outside of the top six, meaning the play-offs are no longer a possibility. However, the midfielder doesn’t feel Nigel Adkins’ men will be taking their foot off the gas against the Iron.

He drew attention to how difficult a test Port Vale provided last weekend, and said he’s expecting much of the same from the Blades.

“An awful lot of their squad are out of contract, so there’s a big squad who are fighting for their futures,” he added.

“Everyone saw how difficult it was against Port Vale. They in a sense had nothing to play for, and it was clear to see how difficult they made it for us.

“I think it’s going to be a tough, physical game. There is going to be a lot of blood and sweat, but hopefully we can come away with the three points.”

See much more from Stephen Dawson, Graham Alexander and David Mirfin on The Iron PlayerHD.

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