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25 November 2016

Iron boss Graham Alexander says his players will be aiming for another three points when Oxford United visit on Saturday.

Alexander’s squad have racked up five successive league victories of late, and the United manager is hoping for a sixth this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the home fixture, Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “It’s always great to play at Glanford Park.

“We’ve had a few tough games this week, and we’re looking to continue the results if we can, because they’ve been very good.

“The players have approached the games in the exact right fashion, and I think the performances have followed from that.”

He does believe though that the U’s are sure to be as tough a test as anyone Scunthorpe have faced so far this season.

With that in mind, Alexander is challenging his players once again to preserve their high standards, but stated he doesn’t have any concerns in that regard.

“They’ve got some good players,” Alexander said.

“They won promotion last year, so that tells you they’ve got a good way about them, a good organisation.

“It’ll be a tough fixture for us. I’ve no doubt they’ll be coming here to try and win the game, so we have to make sure we’re at our best.

“The players know that every time we cross that white line, if we don’t approach the game in the right way, we’ll put ourselves under pressure and in trouble.”

A potential worry for the United boss is the fitness of captain Stephen Dawson, who was substituted against Peterborough with what looked to be a ankle injury.

Alexander revealed however that the Irishman is not as bad as first feared, but did concede that he’s a doubt going into Saturday’s match.

“He’s (Stephen Dawson) better than we expected him to be, because it was a nasty turn on his ankle,” he revealed.

“The lad who he blocked a shot from landed on him, and it was really painful for Stephen. It takes a lot to get him off the pitch.

“It’s not as badly swollen as we first imagined. He’s looked after it really well, which is a credit to him.

“However, it’ll be touch and go as to whether he’ll be ready for the weekend or not, but i’ll just wait for the message from Chris Burton (head of medical and sports science) regarding whether he can make it.”

Another man on the sidelines is defender David Mirfin, and Alexander also provided an update on the fitness of the centre-back.

“He’s (David Mirfin) quite low key at the moment, as he’s got limited movement. He’s just ticking over really until he can get down to some serious rehab work,” Alexander continued.

“We know he’s going to be out for a while, so it’ll be more of a slow burner in rehab than anything emergency wise to get him fit.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Tom Hopper and Charlie Goode on The Iron PlayerHD.

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