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WE HAVE TO BE ON IT

18 October 2016

United manager Graham Alexander says there are no easy games in League One, and stated Tuesday’s night’s clash with Oldham Athletic won’t be any different.

Alexander says the Latics are sure to provide a tough a test, just like any side United have faced.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “They went down to Gillingham the week before and beat them 2-1, and we know what a tough place that is to go.

“I know Stephen Robinson really well, as I used to play with him. He’s a competitor and he’s got his team playing good football.

“Oldham is a difficult place to visit and we have to make sure we’re on it. We spoke about it straight after the game on Saturday, that if we feel MK Dons is our toughest test this week, then we’ll be badly mistaken.

“We’ve got to focus, we’ve got to make sure we take that performance which we put in against MK Dons to Oldham on Tuesday and hopefully that will get the result.”

The Scunthorpe boss provided an update on the fitness of Luke Daniels, who was forced to leave the field of play on Saturday after a collision with MK Dons’ Samir Carruthers.

While revealing that the 28-year-old will miss the game against Oldham, Alexander doesn’t feel the injury is too serious.

“Luke (Daniels) had to come off, so he won’t be available. Hopefully he’ll recover during the week and be back with us, but he’ll be missing,” he said.

“I spoke to Chris Burton and he said it’s advisable that they (players who’ve sustained head injuries) rest for 48 hours completely. He stayed at home yesterday, but he’ll be back in on Tuesday to see the medical staff.

“Joe Anyon came on and made a great save down to his right, which is what I was expecting from him. He’s played well in the cup games for us and he trains ever so well every day, to be ready for those instances.”

Alexander did though say that both Jordan Clarke and Luke Williams are more long-term concerns, and he doesn’t expect them to feature in the upcoming fixtures.

“Jordan (Clarke) will still be a few weeks away, it was quite a sore one what he got. His progress is steady,” Alexander revealed.

“Luke Williams is back out on the grass now, which is a massive bonus for him and us. He’s been out for two months really, so we want to be patient with him and make sure that he’s right.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Scott Wiseman and David Mirfin on The Iron PlayerHD.

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