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3 March 2017

United manager Graham Alexander states everyone has a huge part to play in this weekend’s clash with Fleetwood Town.

Alexander’s second-placed United side take on the third-positioned Cod Army and the Iron boss is seeking both a positive reaction and result at Glanford Park.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “This is where we have to show our character as a club.

“We need everybody who has an affiliation with Scunthorpe in the right positive frame of mind, to go out and perform.

“The biggest thing for us now is to not just return to winning ways, but put on a performance that deserves to win.

“It’s easy to manage ourselves and think everything is rosy when games are being won. It’s when you’re going through a rough patch, you see the real character of a club.

“This is the stage of the season where we need everyone pulling together.

“Whenever we talk about the team, we include the supporters in that because they’re a part of everything we do.”

He went on to add that he has every faith his squad will return to winning ways before long, simply because of the quality they each individually possess.

“We have to get back to being very difficult to play against,” insisted Alexander.

“We made it hard for any team to get their gameplan going, and we forced ours on them - which is what we have to try to do on Saturday.

“We have to take a belief from and remember the games we’ve won with this group of players - both this season and last.

"This was not from a different group, not from other individuals, but from these players that are in the building now and are taking to the pitch on Saturday.

“They have to believe that was good enough to win games, and that it’ll continue to do so - if you commit to it.”

The Iron will be backed by a bumper home crowd this Saturday, with at least 1,000 supporters expected to pack the AMS Stand, as part of Grassroots Football Day.

Speaking about the initiative, Alexander explained how the day could have a positive knock-on effect moving forward.

Alexander declared: “A future fanbase, future players maybe - you don’t know what’s in that group of children.

“I think it’s important clubs associate and encourage the local community to come, and that’s something we do very well.”

In terms of selection, the Scunthorpe boss revealed Sam Mantom will be the only definite omission from Saturday’s matchday squad.

Mantom (hamstring) hasn’t featured since last weekend’s away fixture at Bristol Rovers, and Alexander declared the midfielder won’t play a part against the Trawlermen.

“Levi (Sutton) wasn’t injured, it was a precaution before he got injured, so he’ll be in a better shape,” he revealed.

“Sam Mantom won’t be available. He’s the only player who isn’t available for this Saturday. On the whole we have a competitive squad."

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

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