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POSITIVE HEADING INTO CAMBRIDGE CLASH

8 November 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander says his players are positive heading into the Checkatrade Trophy encounter at Cambridge United.

Scunthorpe know they’ve already sealed their place in the next round of the competition, but Alexander insists his team will be going to the Cambs Glass Stadium looking for a win.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “The result on Saturday was a disappointment, but the players knew they played well and created enough chances to win the game.

“They’re still in good spirits, which is good. They’ve come in and trained well ahead of the game, which we’re looking forward to.

“Our supporters who go down there will want us to go out and try to win the game. We don’t know any other way really, and we don’t want to - we want to go and show we’re a good team.

“We’re going down there trying to win the game, because we want to have that good feeling. It’s a great feeling coming off the pitch, getting the result that counts and moving onto the next one. We don’t view the game as any different to that.”

Alexander revealed he’ll opt to make changes for the game, out of respect for those who haven’t featured as often as perhaps they would have liked.

“We feel it’s great to rotate the squad, and bring players into the team that we know are good players, but just through luck or injury they’re not in the first team at the moment,” he explained.

“You’ll see the team which starts is more than capable of winning a game in League One, never mind in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“It’ll be great for me to see those boys back in the team, and I’m looking forward to seeing them compete at a good level.

“All the ones who aren’t playing regularly need games, whether it’s coming back from injury to just get that match sharpness, or to remind everyone that they’re good footballers.”

The Iron boss also provided an update on striker Paddy Madden, who was forced to leave the field against Charlton Athletic with a tight hamstring.

“He’s definitely out for Cambridge, and he’s doubtful for the weekend,” Alexander revealed.

“We’ll assess how he is, it’s only a short time since he came off. We’ll speak closely with the medical people and, as soon as he’s fit and ready to go, he’ll be ready to go, because you know what Paddy’s like - he’s desperate to play.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Luke Williams on The Iron PlayerHD.

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