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Jak Alnwick: The players will give everything

29 March 2019

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has been pleased with the Iron’s preparation under caretaker manager Andy Dawson ahead of Saturday’s match against AFC Wimbledon.

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Dawson will be in charge of United until the end of the season and the Rangers loanee is confident United will get the points they need to finish the season well.

Prior to Saturday’s big match against the Dons, Alnwick spoke to iFollow Iron about this week. 

He said: “It is part and parcel of football. He has been here for a long time and he knows the club inside out. 

“He will step up and give us the best opportunity to prepare for Saturday. 

“He has already tried to put his stamp on things - the players will give everything for whoever is in charge. 

“It is up to us as players to give our all on Saturday.” 

It is not the first time Dawson has held this role and the 25-year-old has enjoyed the preparation this week.

“He has experienced it before and the lads who have been here a bit longer have given good praise about him,” said Alnwick. 

“I’m liking what he has been doing on the training pitch already. 

“It is a tough time, but the lads have reacted well and hopefully we can take it into the weekend.” 

AFC Wimbledon lost their last match 4-2 against Gillingham and are 23rd in Sky Bet League One. 

The Iron will also be looking to bounce back at Glanford Park on Saturday, having lost to Rochdale. 

Alnwick said: “We’re at the stage where we have to bounce back. 

“We cannot keep saying that we need a win, we need to start acting on it. 

“It is all well and good training well and putting in performances, but at this stage we need points on the board. It is down to us to put those things right.” 

He continued: “They are down their fighting as well so it is going to be a tough battle, like it always is at this time of the year.” 

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Just seven games remain for this season, with United just two points above the drop zone. 

Alnwick knows the Iron need to pick up results to get to safety: “We have got to start looking up, you can’t worry about teams around you. 

“You need to put yourselves in a position where you are relying on yourselves. 

“At the moment, we are still out of it, but we need to get safe. The game on Saturday is massive."

Last time at Glanford Park, the Iron recorded an impressive 4-1 home win against Southend United and Alnwick is looking forward to returning. 

He said: “We put a good performance in last time here, so it will be good to get back out there. 

“I think we have struggled on the road a little bit. 

“We have been inconsistent, but we take confidence from our last home match, especially as we went a goal down before scoring four. We need to get back to winning ways quickly.” 

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