Manager Graham Alexander has previewed the first game of the season at home to AFC Wimbledon and the rest of the campaign.
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Speaking to iFollow Iron, Alexander provided his team news for the match and spoke about how his side can improve on last year.
ON THE AFC WIMBLEDON GAME…
GA: We know it will be a tough game. They have had a little bit of change in personnel and style. As I always say, it is about what we do and we are not getting away from that message. I believe that if we can compete and play at the level we can, then we can win a lot of games and Saturday has to be the start of that.
ON THE SEASON AHEAD…
GA: We know where we want to be at the end of the season, but we cannot get there in September. That’s the thing everyone has to remember, ourselves included, that any success is judged at the end of the season and where you are, but you have to start winning games as soon as you can. We didn’t wait around to see how it panned out last season, we hit the ground running and we have to try and do the same again. It doesn’t ultimately define your season as last year proved, but it’s always a positive to get off to a good start.
"We can’t rest on what we did last season, we have reset everything back to zero and will work extremely hard to beat every challenge that will be put in front of us."
ON TRYING TO IMPROVE ON LAST SEASON…
GA: If you look at the history of Scunthorpe, it was one of the most successful seasons since they have been in the Football League. That is where we will have to try and find that extra per cent or two within ourselves and put it altogether in the group and then you improve. We can’t rest on what we did last season, we have reset everything back to zero and will work extremely hard to beat every challenge that will be put in front of us. The will to win and the approach has to be there.
ON TEAM NEWS…
GA: Lewis Butroid will definitely miss out – he hasn’t trained this week. Luke Williams is training, but he has been out for 15 weeks, hasn’t played a game yet and has only started training this week so he definitely won’t be in the squad. Everyone else is in contention for the squad on Saturday and training to be part of it. I’m pretty much decided on what team I feel we need to play on Saturday, but the matchday subs are still up for grabs.
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