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Alexander looks ahead to Fleetwood test

16 October 2017

Manager Graham Alexander is looking forward to the first of two home games in the space of four days when Fleetwood Town visit Glanford Park on Tuesday night.

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17 October 2017

Scunthorpe take on the Cod Army (7.45pm kick-off) before facing Peterborough United at Glanford Park on Saturday.

Always focused on one game at a time, Alexander previewed the Fleetwood game with iFollow Iron.

It’s a game we’re looking forward to. It’s at home, and we want to continue with our performance from Saturday (at Rotherham) but obviously look to score when we’re on top. My initial reaction was that we played well and, having watched it again on Sunday, I still feel that. We created some really good opportunities, we committed to the game we wanted to play and got players into great positions with good possession, and we penetrated the opposition numerous times. We were just short of the finishing touch. We won’t win games if we stop doing those things, so we have to focus on playing like that and getting people in the right positions. We know with a bit of confidence we can break that deadlock and hit the ground running. We have to continue working hard with the players and show them the positives we had - of which there were many on Saturday. It’s about building up a performance to win a game. We know winning the match is the end product we’re all chasing, but we can’t do that without putting the performance in first. That’s what we’re focused on going into the game on Tuesday.

I had a great time at Fleetwood and we (Graham and assistant manager Chris Lucketti) felt we did a good job there. It’s another challenge and the personal side of it goes out the window. We just want to focus on our team and get the players in the right frame of mind for our game. We know they’re a good team and the players have shown that over the last year and a bit. We know their threats and it should be a really good game. If we play like we did on Saturday, I feel that will give us the best chance of getting the win.

There were a couple of bumps and bruises, but we will still have relatively the same squad to pick from (as on Saturday). We’ll speak to the players about the team for Tuesday and work with them out on the training pitch. We have to prepare them right and make sure we’re ready to go.

He’s getting up to speed and is certainly showing his quality in training, but we need a game to gauge his full fitness and progress. Fortunately, he can play in the Checkatrade Trophy for us, so he’s pretty much guaranteed to play in that (United visit Doncaster in a fortnight) when it comes around so long as he’s fit. It’s a difficult time really because we have such a heavy games programme at the minute. We’ll work as hard as we can to get him up to speed on the training ground.

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