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Wilcox looks ahead to Cheltenham challenge

7 February 2020

Russ Wilcox has previewed this Saturday’s home encounter against Cheltenham Town with iFollow Iron, saying it’s important the team get back on track at the Sands Venue Stadium.

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7 February 2020

United come into the match looking to bounce back from last weekend’s loss at Crawley Town, and Wilcox explained it’s been a constructive week so far.

He said: “We had a debrief of the Crawley game, looking at the good, bad and indifferent. That went well and we had some good feedback from the players on things we need to work on as a group, while we know ourselves too. It’s been a positive week and the lads have been bright.

“We haven’t won many games at home recently, apart from the Manchester City U21s game in the Trophy. In the league, we need to get back on track and need some wins so we can start climbing the table.

“We have a good enough squad in my opinion to be a lot further up than where we are, but you have to show that. It’s no use just having names on paper. It’s about going out there and showing everybody what you can do.

“I think it’s a case of being better in both boxes. In terms of defending, when the ball comes into our box can we make more first contacts? Then you look at game management as well.  Against Crewe we were 1-0 up and then 50 seconds into the second-half it was 1-1, so it’s just getting through certain periods in games to make sure you hold onto a lead when you do get that first goal.

“The second half performance last week was positive but sometimes it’s easier to play when you’re 3-0 down. The message on Saturday will be to make sure we play like we did in the second half right from the first whistle.

“We know we’ll have to be at our best because they’re a good, organised unit, managed by Michael Duff, who I know from my Burnley days and has done a great job there. It’s going to be tough. They’re strong with long throws and set-plays but also pass the ball really well, and mix their game well for League Two.

“They’ve only lost five games this season and it’s a big task but one we’re looking forward to.”

In terms of an injury update, Wilcox was reluctant to reveal too much ahead of the game so as not to alert Cheltenham.

He explained: “We have a good, strong squad to choose from. All the injured players are progressing well, with one or two back on the grass and one or two back in contention. We’ll assess on Thursday and make the decision on Friday.”

Updating on the management situation at the club, he continued: “I’ve got the next two games, as everyone knows now. It’s not about me, it’s about helping the football club in this period. The chairman will make the call whichever way he goes with it and I’ll respect that. I want to win games for Scunthorpe United. That’s the main objective. I’ve been here 12 years on and off and the club means a lot to me. It would be nice to get a win for everyone involved in the club, especially the supporters.”

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