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McCall's team news and views ahead of Luton away

5 October 2018

Manager Stuart McCall is expecting at least a couple of players to return to contention ahead of the away clash at Luton Town on Saturday.

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5 October 2018

Midfielder Matthew Lund served a one-match suspension in midweek following his fifth league yellow card of the season at Burton Albion last week, while the versatile James Perch missed out with an ear infection picked up on the day of the game but is recovering well.

Chelsea loanee striker Ike Ugbo is awaiting results on a scan on the hamstring injury picked up last weekend, while midfielder James Horsfield is touch and go.

“We’re looking okay,” McCall told iFollow Iron. “Perchy had an ear infection but that’s clearing up. Ike is still down with Chelsea awaiting results on a scan so he won’t be involved. James Horsfield trained today but I think he’s still feeling it so we’ll see how he is.”

The Iron are eight unbeaten in all competitions and arrive into this weekend’s game on the back of a 5-3 home win over Charlton Athletic in midweek.

Luton Town themselves are four unbeaten and defeated Oxford United 2-1 away on Tuesday evening.

McCall added: “As in recent games, we’re again facing a side who are in good form. We went to Burton last week, who have certainly picked up at home, and then faced Charlton the other night, who were six unbeaten. It’s another challenge, but one we’ll be up for.

“I’ve watched their home game against Charlton and will watch their match from the other night when they played Oxford. We’ll always be aware of the opposition, it’s naïve, arrogant and ignorant if you think you can just go there and play your own way. You have to be aware, but the other side of it is to have belief in what you’re going to do, and we have that.

“I thought the other night, with Charlton’s front four, they’d create chances because they’re bright, quick and mobile. On the other hand, we’re always confident we’ll create chances and to get five goals is no easy feat. There were a lot of encouraging things and lots we can work on and do better, but we’re going in the right direction which is pleasing.

“They got a draw at home to Sunderland and were unfortunate to lose down at Portsmouth on the opening day, but they look comfortable at this level and I think they’ll have aspirations of finishing at the top end. A lot of sides in this league have that possibility and Luton certainly come into that bracket with the players they’ve got.

“We can’t rest on our laurels and will keep working hard, we’ll take the positives, work on the negatives and look to put on a strong away performance.”

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