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Charlton lookahead and team news from Nick Daws

13 April 2018

Interim manager Nick Daws knows the challenge the Iron will face this weekend when they travel to Charlton Athletic.

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Going into the match, United are in ninth position whilst their opponents occupy the last spot in the play-offs. However, there is just a point between the two teams with five matches remaining.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, Daws previewed the game and provided the latest team news.

ND: We have had a really good week. We have spent much of our time on the Glanford Park pitch because of the weather again. It has been nice to get out and train on the stadium pitch because we have not played a game here for a while and it will be good preparation for us moving forward. The whole group have been competing against each other to try and get into the team. From that point of view, they have certainly given myself and Andy (Dawson) food for thought.

ND: It is going to be a big game at a big stadium. I know our players will relish the task because we have performed well in similar situations at Wigan and Blackburn previously. They have been in good form since Lee Bowyer took over, with three wins and a good away point at Bristol Rovers before their defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night. We saw last week the challenges Wimbledon put up for us. I am assuming Lee will be disappointed, as I was disappointed after not getting three points at Wimbledon. It is a big game, it was a big game last week and it will be a big game against Walsall next week. We talk about them being six-pointers so in that sense it is a big match because if we can get the win, it puts us above them. They have got a challenging run-in so they have got a lot of six-pointers to play. Ultimately, we are trying to get 15 points (between now and the end of the season). If we get 15 points, we will be fine. If we get less than that, we could still be in the play-offs. If we get a positive result at Charlton, we have got three home games out of our last four games. We can then use the momentum to get on a roll.

ND: Funso Ojo is back in training (after missing last week with a knee injury) and that adds to the difficulty of selecting a starting eleven and squad. Each player has a case for playing. We've told the players to show us how much it means to them and show us how much they want to help. They have done that, but the hard bit is that there are so many of them that want to help. They really have a desire to turn things around. I’m buzzing that we have got such a strong squad to choose from, but the hard bit for me now is to disappoint really good people and good players. We have got 27 players to choose from, which we had training on Thursday.

ND: Luke is a player I love immensely. He had a setback a few weeks ago, but he showed this week that he is in a good place. He knows what is expected of him and the role that he will play in this team, whether that be in a wide position, in a '10' position or as a second striker. He is one that is certainly in contention for the squad.

ND: The support they gave the team was immense (at AFC Wimbedon last week). They really did try and get behind us in what was a challenging game for them, as it wasn’t as exciting as they would have hoped. They stuck at it, we thanked them and wished them a safe journey home.

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