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Iron look to bounce back against Fleetwood

22 August 2018

Manager Nick Daws says concentration in training has been fully on bouncing back against Fleetwood Town this Wednesday night.

Following a disappointing first-half at Sunderland, which ultimately cost the Iron Sunday’s game, the players and staff have been focused on responding in the best way possible when Joey Barton’s side visit Glanford Park (7.45pm kick-off).

Daws told iFollow Iron: “We move on and prepare for the next game and, from what I can see, they’re ready and raring to go to try and get a victory against Fleetwood.

“We started Tuesday morning with just one focus, and that’s Fleetwood. We’re not going to castigate the players at all, it wasn’t through a lack of effort but more a lack of process in doing what we wanted to do.

“Ultimately, it’s about the next game. We feel we’re in the right place to tackle Fleetwood tomorrow.”

With the Fleetwood game coming three days after Sunderland, Daws was asked in his pre-match press conference whether there was a temptation to make changes to the side.

“There are decisions either way to make,” he answered. “There’s an argument to freshen it up a little bit because of the effort we put in during the game. The decision has already been made and that will be revealed on Wednesday night.”

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson missed the weekend’s game with an injury sustained last week against Doncaster, and it’s touch and go whether he’ll make this Wednesday’s squad.

“He’s improving, whether he’ll be in a position to start the game or be involved in the squad will be decided last minute,” added the boss. “Apart from one or two bumps and bruises as it stands, nothing has changed.”

Speaking about the opposition and their manager Barton, he continued: “They recruited well and though they will be disappointed to have conceded a late equaliser against Rochdale at the weekend, they got a great result at Oxford the week before.

“I think everybody thought Joey would continue to play, but I know he’s worked hard to not just accept that a higher profile player can walk into a job. He’s studied for his coaching qualifications and has a couple of people alongside him that are experienced (Clint Hill and Steve Eyre).”

The match will see a return to Glanford Park for striker Paddy Madden, who scored 60 goals during a four year spell with the club before joining the Cod Army in January.

“It’ll be good to see Paddy,” said Daws. “I had a really good working relationship with him and he did really well for myself and Andy in our first caretaker spell. In the latter part of his time here, it didn’t quite work for him in front of goal. But that wasn’t through a lack of effort because one thing you can guarantee from Paddy is effort and endeavour. It will be nice to see him and we’ll shake hands before the game and after irrespective of what happens.”

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