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McDonald: We'll be well prepared for them

16 February 2018

Assistant manager Neil McDonald is expecting Northampton Town to be a well organised outfit on Saturday when they visit Glanford Park.

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The 52 year-old has been pleased with the Iron’s attacking play since his arrival and wants that to continue ahead of this weekend’s game.

He sat down with iFollow Iron to preview the clash and to give the latest team news.

NM: I think our attacking play was really good, we were creating chances and scoring goals. We have to be a bit smarter in our defending to make sure that we give ourselves a chance to win games. We will certainly be trying to do that on Saturday. I thought we dominated the game in long periods. They took their goals quite well, but we certainly could have defended a bit better. The chances and the goals that we scored were excellent, and we must continue that. Defensively, we need to make sure we are not conceding as many goals to what we have done over the last couple of games.

NM: They are a good team and are well organised. Every game is difficult leading to the end of the season. We will be well prepared for them, be ready for them and we are looking forward to the game to put into practice what we have been doing on the training ground.

NM: We can take lots of confidence that is for sure. We certainly know that we can break them down and score. If we show that same belief, then hopefully the same will happen on Saturday. Our attacking play is excellent. We try to work out what the weaknesses are of the opposition and we have been exploiting that and long may that continue. If we do that, then we have got more chances of winning games.

NM: There are a couple of knocks and bruises, but Marnick (Vermijl) has hurt himself in training leading up to the game in midweek. We are still assessing him and he is not as bad as we thought, but he is out. Duane (Holmes) took a bit of a dead leg and Levi (Sutton) had a little bit of a sore calf, but they will be fine for Saturday.

NM: It is not very nice losing your home games and it is vitally important that when teams come here, that they find it very difficult to play against us. If we are on the front foot, creating chances, then we have to take as many points as we possibly can at home to make sure that we are in contention for where we want to be at the end of the season.

NM: The manager (Graham Alexander) is comfortable with the squad we have. There is lots of competition for places. Two games in four days is a big ask when we play with high tempo and high energy. The changes in the team kept that high energy and tempo going, which is good. They have had a little bit of rest and feel good about themselves.

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