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BE WARY OF QUALITY, NOT OUTSIDE INFLUENCES

13 January 2017

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander says his players will have to be at their absolute best to take all three points from the away clash with Northampton Town.

Alexander highlighted the quality of Saturday’s opponents, and drew attention to the fact the Cobblers will be seeking a reaction following the dismissal of manager Rob Page.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “Northampton will compete at the right level from minute one, so we have to make sure we’re as good as we have been all season.

“We have to make sure the focus is spot on and, going into the game, we have to be ready to compete.

“They’ve got good players, there’s a lot of experience there.

“We have to be wary of Northampton because of their quality rather than any outside influence on their squad.

“If we don’t play well and focus on our performance, then it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against - we’re not going to play at the level we need to.”

After Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy exit at the hands of Oxford United, Alexander hopes and expects to see a response from his players.

“I know the players do (want to give a response),” he stated.

“They’re a great group to work with, they’re very honest. No one was kidding themselves in the changing room after the game.

“There’s a lot to improve on from Tuesday, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Scott Wiseman suffered a hamstring injury in that game at the Kassam Stadium and Alexander provided an update on the full back, along with the other members of the squad who are currently sidelined.

“Wisey (Scott Wiseman) has tweaked his hamstring, so he’s going to be a couple of weeks, which is disappointing,” he revealed.

“We’re a bit stretched defensively at the moment with Conor (Townsend) and Mirf (David Mirfin) being out.

“David Mirfin has been back out on the grass on Thursday with his boots on, which is another step forward.

“It’ll still be a few weeks I suspect, with his length of time out and the nature of the injury.

“Paddy (Madden) is still a few weeks away. He’s undergoing rehabilitation with the physios, and we’ll have to wait on that getting better.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Josh Morris on The Iron PlayerHD.

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