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ALWAYS A TEST AT WALSALL

27 September 2016

Ahead of the Iron’s away encounter with Walsall, manager Graham Alexander says he’ll be looking for another display which existed in large parts of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United.

Assessing the Saddlers, Alexander highlighted the dangers which they’ll pose to his side. However, at the same time, he stressed the importance of not shifting the attention away from what his players are capable of.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “They’ve lost a lot of players, but I think they’ve replaced them with a lot of good ones as well.

“It’s a hard place to go to - you always get tested. We know they’ve got their threats, and they’ve caused other teams problems.

“So we’ll take that into account but, as I always say, we have to make sure we’re right. If you look at the game on Saturday, once we concentrated on ourselves, I thought we put in a performance which should have won the game.

“Looking through the league, I don’t see any weak teams or easy games - it doesn’t happen. We have to make sure we get our performances as high as we can individually, which also makes the team play better.”

Viewing the weekend’s draw with the Blades, the Scunthorpe boss felt his side were a little unlucky to not get more than the one point which they took from the game. However, he was quick to state no one in the squad is downbeat about the result.

“The players haven’t had too much time to dwell on Saturday, and are all looking forward to the game,” he insisted.

“Looking at the game, I think we played pretty well, and it’s just on the day that you’re left with a little bitter taste in the mouth when you concede so late on.”

On the injury front, Alexander says there are one or two potential doubts ahead of the game, but nothing which is too much of a concern currently.

“There are a few (knocks), but everyone is desperate to play in the next game and stay in the team,” he revealed.

“We’ll look at those, speak to the physios and make the decisions we need to make to make sure we maximise the performance of the first team.

“Because that’s the most important thing going into the next game and, if we can get that right, then hopefully we can put on another positive performance.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Luke Daniels on the Iron PlayerHD.

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