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LOOKING FORWARD TO HOME RETURN

17 November 2016

United boss Graham Alexander is hoping his players can maintain the standards they’ve set, when Oldham Athletic visit Glanford Park this Saturday.

Alexander says last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Coventry City was a thorough examination of the team’s resolve, but insisted he was delighted with the character shown - something he wants a repeat of against the Latics.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “Hopefully we’ll continue in the same manner as last week.

“I thought it was a really hard game and, as I said afterwards, it was a really good victory - they’re an excellent team.

“We were made to work really hard to get the three points, and I don’t think this Saturday will be any different to be honest.

“The players have really trained well this week, I’ve been really impressed. We’re going into it looking to win the game, as we always do, and we’re looking to get that performance level right.”

Saturday’s fixture is the first on home turf for the Iron since they defeated Swindon Town almost three weeks ago, and Alexander is excited about the prospect of getting back in front of the Glanford Park crowd.

“It’s been a few weeks, but we’re looking forward to it,” he explained.

“We always get a buzz from playing at Glanford Park. It’s great for the supporters, because they come down in their numbers and support the team.

“I know they’ll do that again on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll give them a performance which they expect.”

In terms of who the Scunthorpe manager will have to choose from on Saturday, there will be one notable absentee - with David Mirfin being ruled out of action with a foot injury.

Mirfin picked up the knock in the win over Coventry at the Ricoh Arena, and Alexander provided an update on the defender’s fitness.



“He’s (David Mirfin) going to be out for a while, unfortunately for Mirf,” Alexander revealed.

“He’s had a scan and so forth, and he’s injured the bottom of his foot, so he’s going to be out for a little while.

“Which is a shame, because he was playing ever so well, as part of the team - keeping clean sheets and winning games.

“It opens up the door for someone to come in and show what they’re about. Apart from one or two, everyone has missed a game, and the team has carried on performing. I expect it to be the same, despite us missing David.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Murray Wallace and Neal Bishop on The Iron PlayerHD.

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