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WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT

28 October 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander says he has fond memories of last year’s home fixture with Swindon Town, but states it won’t impact on this weekend’s clash.

United recorded a 6-0 victory over the Robins in Alexander’s first home match in charge, and the Scunthorpe boss just wants to keep looking forward.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, he said: “It was a special day for me (last season’s home match against Swindon Town), taking charge of the team for the first time at Glanford Park and the day was superb for everyone at the club.

“I don’t believe it’ll have any bearing on Saturday’s game though, and we have to focus on what’s important - what you’ve done in the past doesn’t win you any points in the future.

“They’re a good footballing team. They’ve got their way of playing, which they’ve had for a few years now and it’s brought them success - they have good footballers within their ranks.

“We know if you let them play, they can make it a very difficult day for you, and even if you get after them they’ve got good footballers who can handle it.”

Alexander spoke of just how much Saturday’s resounding 3-0 win over Chesterfield pleased him, and he labelled the performance from his players as “superb.”

He also praised the travelling Scunthorpe supporters, who turned up in their droves to the Proact Stadium.

He explained: “It’s about doing the right things, which we try to do each week and it was evident last Saturday that the players tried to ramp up everything to go and win that game. You could see the performance was superb, the fitness levels were sky high and that was what was at the base of the performance.

“The supporters were very supportive of that performance. You saw the reaction and the interaction between the team and the supporters, especially at the end. It was great to see, and hopefully we can have many more days like that.”

Injuries-wise, the United manager had a positive update on the fitness of Luke Williams, who is stepping up his recovery from an ankle injury.

He revealed though that both Jordan Clarke and Harry Toffolo are a little further away from being ready, and added that neither will be considered for selection on Saturday.

“Luke Williams has had a full week’s training, so he’s getting fitter by the day. Scott Wiseman trained with us on Thursday, so we’ll wait and see how he reacts to that stimulus,” he stated.

“The rest of the boys (Harry Toffolo and Jordan Clarke) are still with the medical team, working hard towards being fit for selection. However, they won’t be included this week.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Kevin van Veen and Duane Holmes on The Iron PlayerHD.

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