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ALEXANDER AHEAD OF CHARLTON TEST

20 September 2016

United manager Graham Alexander says he’s expecting a tough test when Charlton Athletic visit Glanford Park on Tuesday night.

Alexander drew attention to how good a side the Addicks are, but at the same time stated his players are ready to fight once more for another victory.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “It’s three points - nothing more, nothing less.

“It gives us a chance to play at home again, and we’re playing against a very good team - a massive club at this level in League One.

“We know of their threats, but the lads have been playing well. It was a different game on Saturday, compared to the Southend game at home, but the players showed a great appetite to show what was needed to win both games.

“It’s pleasing to see we can adapt to whatever the opposition throw at us. There’s a long way to go, and a lot of games to play, but the players are showing the right commitment to the game to make sure we pick up more points.”

Tuesday signals the start of back-to-back home games for Alexander and his side, with Sheffield United to come on Saturday.

The fixture against the Blades isn’t something of concern for the Iron boss though, who believes it’s crucial to take each game as it comes - a formula which has served him and his team well so far.

“We’re looking forward to Tuesday night. It’s important we don’t talk about anything else apart from the Charlton game,” he stated.

“We’ve done that so far, we did it at the end of last season, we just look at the game in front of us, and that’s what we have to do.

“We have to be competitive. So much preparation and focus has to go into one opponent, because there are many good opponents at this level. We have to fully focus on what’s in front of us, and we’re looking forward to getting back out at Glanford Park.

“I think the supporters have been really behind us here, and they’ve really valued the efforts of the players - you can see that in the appreciation they show. We have to go out there and show a similar level of work ethic for them to appreciate.”

Regarding team news, the United manager revealed David Mirfin is the only real concern heading into the match, after the defender sustained a cut to his eye in the win over Shrewsbury at the weekend.

He says Mirfin will be assessed in the lead up to kick off, and hopes he’ll be ready to start the game.

“Obviously David Mirfin has got the swollen eye, so that needs to come down a little more, but apart from that there’s a couple of little bumps and bruises, as you’d expect from a competitive game like it was,” he revealed.

“It was a concern when he came off, and the cut did come up quite a lot during the game. So we’ll just have to see how much it’s impeding him, and make a decision from there.

“Everyone else is looking in good shape. We know it’s par for the course when you go into a game and you want to win, that you’re going to put yourself on the line and get hurt. It’s important we keep going for those challenges, because they’re the difference between winning and losing.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Jordan Clarke on the Iron PlayerHD.

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