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ALEXANDER REFLECTS ON A YEAR IN CHARGE

24 March 2017

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander believes Sunday’s clash with Bradford City will make for a terrific spectacle, given the positions of both sides.

However, taking three points is the main priority for Alexander and his players, with just seven fixtures remaining in the campaign.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “We’ve both been up at the top end for the majority of the season.

“Bradford have got a very good unbeaten record - they’ve not lost many games this season. 

“They’ve proved that they’re very hard to beat, they’ve got good players, and Stuart (McCall) has got them organised and playing in a good way.

“We know it will be a difficult game. We found that when we went over there, but it was a hard-fought draw.

“That’s in the past now, and it’s two teams at the business end of the season, who are both looking to win the game.”

This weekend’s fixture will see Alexander surpass a milestone of one year in the Glanford Park hot-seat and, despite the success already achieved, the United manager says he’s always striving for more. 

“It has gone so quick it is frightening,” Alexander declared.

“As a year, looking at what we’ve done in that year, I think we’ve done really well as a club and as a team.

“Hopefully there are more good times to come, because I’ve really enjoyed being back here and I can’t believe how quick it has gone.”

Ahead of the encounter with Stuart McCall’s men, the Iron have been afforded over a week’s preparation time.

The benefit of an extended period of time on the training field has been extremely welcome in Alexander’s eyes, after an intense recent schedule.

“That’s what this period does now, it gives us time, which is very important,” he stated.

“We’ve had time this week to get the work into the players, give the injured lads an opportunity to get back in, and next week will be the same.

“I think it’s the first time in seven or eight weeks that we’ve actually been able to train on consecutive days.

“We’ve been able to re-focus the minds of the players on what’s important when we go on the pitch.”

In terms of selection, the Scunthorpe manager is hoping to have extra personnel available for the game, with Conor Townsend and Matt Crooks making good progress.

Kevin van Veen and Sam Mantom will both miss out however, and Alexander provided an update on both.

Alexander revealed: “Conor Townsend trained the day before yesterday, so we’ll see how he is. Matt Crooks is also going to have a fitness test tomorrow.

“However, Kevin van Veen and Sam Mantom are not going to be available, but everyone else apart from that is fit.

“We have Kevin back in training at some point next week, but Sam is a little bit more of a grey area, so we’re a little unsure about him at the moment.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Jamie Ness, David Mirfin and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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