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Cox updates ahead of Bolton home game

23 November 2020

First team manager Neil Cox has previewed the encounter against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night as his side look to make it four games unbeaten with another victory.

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Ahead of facing a club he signed for in the Premier League and played for between 1997 and 1999, Cox told iFollow Iron: "We have to go hard, go strong and try to win the three points. If we can make it ten points out of 12, that will be a fantastic return since last weekend.

"I have great memories of my time there. Two-and-a-half great years when they first moved to the Reebok Stadium. Behind the scenes we were really well looked after, and I've stayed in touch with several people. Hopefully, after Tuesday night, they can pick up points and start to climb the table.

"It's going to be a good challenge for us as (their manager) Ian Evatt has put a great squad together and they're just starting to pick some more points up. I'm sure by the end of the season they will be up at the top end of the table.

"Hopefully on Tuesday night we get ourselves back into gear, defend like we know we can and attack a little bit better, take our opportunities and create chances for our forwards.

"It will be a tough test for us against a good footballing side. We're going to have to make sure we're better with the ball and punish the opposition more, showing more belief in the last third and getting more shots away. Hopefully when that comes, combined with defending better, we will pick up more points."

Cox also provided an injury update ahead of the game and confirmed Kevin van Veen and Jordan Clarke won't be involved, as they're looked after ahead of a busy fixture schedule in December.

There is no fixture at the weekend, with United's next game after the Bolton encounter coming away at Harrogate Town on Tuesday, December 1st, and different programmes will be drawn up for the squad of players on Wednesday.

He added: "Kev is going to miss out as he has a tender hamstring, but it's nowhere near as bad as we thought. It's more nervy.

"Jordan is not available this week and we'll have to be careful with him. Hopefully he can have a full week of training (with the gap we have at the weekend) and get back into it.

"We have a few knocks and bruises that we have to be careful with and have a look at ahead of Tuesday night."

He added: "After this game, we'll assess things on Wednesday morning to make sure we're in a good position for next Tuesday."

Cox added that striker Aaron Jarvis should be back in contention next week after sitting out since October 24th, first through self-isolation and then a hamstring injury.

He said: "Jarvo should be back in full training on Thursday and his availability for us will be great as he can take a bit of pressure off Lofty (Ryan Loft)."

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