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Wilcox looks ahead to Tuesday night clash

11 February 2020

With Cambridge United coming to town on Tuesday night, Russ Wilcox is hoping the Iron can carry on in the manner which saw them defeat high-flying Cheltenham Town 1-0 on Saturday.

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11 February 2020

“That’s what we’ll be looking to do,” he told iFollow Iron.

“We debriefed the Cheltenham game on Monday morning and there plenty of was positive stuff to show the players, though there were also a couple of negatives that we need to tweak and improve on.

“Obviously though we were really pleased and now we draw a line and move on to the next game, which is Cambridge.

“Mark Bonner has gone in there as caretaker manager and done really well with two wins against good teams in Colchester and Newport. We know it’ll be a really tough game.

“They have a little bit of momentum but hopefully we can take the positives from Saturday into Tuesday night and look to get another three points.

“On Saturday, Cambridge were resolute and good in both boxes, which you have to be against Newport because they load the box. It wasn’t the greatest game in the world, but they did a job there.

“They looked like they had a good spirit about them and worked hard for each other. We have to more than match that and hopefully our qualities will shine through.

“Hopefully Tuesday night will be a better footballing spectacle but we’re just looking to get three points.”

A disappointment for Wilcox though was the postponement of the Under-23s game at Hull City on Monday night, due to a waterlogged pitch.

He said: “It’s a shame because Yann (Songo’o) and Rory (McArdle) need game time as they’ve been out through long-term injuries but it is what it is and we’ll have to work around it.

“We were just going to see what we could get into them time-wise depending on the tempo of the game.”

He added: “There are no fresh injuries. Everyone is fine from Saturday. We’ve gone through things on Monday morning, had a light session and are ready to go on Tuesday.”

A big positive is to see Under-23s attacker Omar Sanyang back on the training pitch. He had been out of action since August with a broken ankle and ligament injury.

“That’s great to see,” said Wilcox. “He’s a smashing kid and it’s been a real tough time for him. We’re now seeing a bit of daylight for him and it’s good to see. He’s a pleasant kid, has a lot of time for people and hopefully he’ll now get the reward for all the hard work he and the physios have put in. Credit to the staff as well as Omar.

“It’s been a bad injury and one we’ll look at week-to-week, day-to-day really, but it’s great to see him back out on the grass.”

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