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Wilcox updates ahead of Forest Green encounter

21 February 2020

Russ Wilcox has previewed this Saturday’s home clash against Forest Green Rovers and is hoping to provide victory on Grassroots Day, in front of a bumper support.

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21 February 2020

We’re once again expecting an inflated crowd for Grassroots Day this Saturday afternoon, as our figures topple over 1,000 tickets sold in the AMS Stand once more.

This is our fourth event in what has become an annual addition to the Scunthorpe United calendar and its popularity and positive feedback has seen it return once more for the visit of Mark Cooper’s side.

Wilcox told iFollow Iron: “It’s great to see 1,000 people giving us support behind the opposition goal. It certainly helps the players, they’re the future fans and it will be nice to see that on Saturday. People behind the scenes put hours of voluntary work in and do an incredible job. Hopefully we can get a win in front of them this weekend.”

Providing team news prior to the fixture, Wilcox continued: “Rory McArdle (hamstring) and Yann Songo’o (knee) have had a good week of training so are back in the frame, while Junior Brown (medial ligament) trained for the first time on Thursday, though Saturday might come too soon. We’re hoping to perhaps get him some minutes at Hull, although it might be too soon. It’d be nice even if it’s just 30-45 minutes to get him up and running.

“In general it’s been a really good week and we’ve had the chance to do a lot of work on the training ground. Hopefully now we can translate that to the main stadium and pick up three points.”

Looking at the challenge Forest Green will pose, Wilcox said: “I watched the last two games myself and they played really well at Oldham. Their manager has put a statement out saying they’re back to their best ahead of the Scunthorpe game. They pass the ball and shift it around the pitch really well, creating opportunities.

“We have to be good with the ball, not giving it away cheaply, and make sure we’re good without it and that our shape, organisation and patience is good.

“We have good pace in the team. They might throw a different system up, as they’ve played a few this season. I don’t want to focus too much on them though, it has to be about us and bringing our ‘A game’ to the table. If we do that, we can beat anybody in this league.”

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