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10 March 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander states his players will go into Saturday’s away fixture against Gillingham buoyed by improved recent displays.

Alexander says he, along with everyone else of course, wants to get back on track, but insisted the Scunthorpe squad must garner belief from how they’ve performed of late.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “Gillingham has always been a very tough place to go - it’s been like that for years.

“Regardless of the players, what level it is, or the manager, it’s always a tough venue to go and play football at.

“We know the task in front of us, but we have to take confidence from the performance level in the last two games.

“We’re in charge of our own destiny, we can control the results through our performances, so we have to focus on what we can do well.”

The Iron boss has full confidence that fortunes will soon change for the better, and explained that there’s no need to deviate from what’s already brought positive results this term.

“The players know where we are in the season, and they know they’re trying to do the right things - especially in the last two games,” he stated.

“When you do that, often enough things will turn for you and that is what’s given us the optimism we’ll win and turn this little run around.

“You don’t get the turnaround by throwing everything out the window and trying to turn yourself into a different team.

“The players are trying to do the right things, however at the moment we’ve just got that little bit of composure missing when we get to the vital times.”

Alexander has a few injury concerns heading into the game at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, with top scorer Josh Morris one of the names likely to miss out.

“Josh (Morris) has had an x-ray,” revealed Alexander.

“He’s got stitches on an ankle wound and the swelling is around it, so we want to make sure there’s no damage internally.

“Conor (Townsend) has got a slight thigh strain, so he’ll be out for a little while. Sam Mantom is another who’ll be out for a little while with his groin injury.

“All three are doubtful (for Saturday’s match) - it’s a short turnaround.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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