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Cox updates prior to Oldham trip

12 November 2020

First team manager Neil Cox has previewed Saturday's trip to take on Oldham Athletic in an interview with iFollow Iron.

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The Iron have played just eight league matches so far this season, and have 38 games still remaining. Now with just the league to concentrate on, after exiting all the cup competitions for this season, Cox knows a succession of Saturday-Tuesday fixtures gives his side a chance to claim points and climb the table.

He said: "They're all important for us, but this is our first league game for three weeks. We've managed to get minutes into people during the last two cup games, which was good, while the boys who were injured have got fitter.

"There are two or three struggling with the time off they've had because of the COVID-19 situation, so I have to be careful with them. They will be left out and hopefully we can get them back in training next week.

"We had a double session on Thursday so we could split the groups up (those who played on Sunday and those who did so on Tuesday, thus needing more recovery time), and on Friday we'll all be back together to pick a team that's fit and raring to go.

"Hopefully people can get themselves fit in the near future, so we have a full squad to pick from. Especially my experienced boys, who need to start showing me what they can do.

"They've responded really well in training on Thursday morning. I want them to come

Providing an update on Kevin van Veen, he continued: "Kev was a little bit unsure on his knee but he saw the medical staff and we got some training into him, which is good. He's one we'll have a look at for the weekend to see if he's fit enough to start the game or if he'll be a substitute."

Speaking about this weekend's test, he said: "I saw them against Cheltenham, where they nicked a win late on, and they do tend to score a lot of late goals, but they do concede as well.

"Harry Kewell (Oldham's manager) was a top player who's played in the Champions League final, and it's great to see him learning his trade in lower league football. He did a great job at Crawley and is getting his way of playing and philosophy across really well.

"Ultimately, I'm focused on what we're going to do and getting positivity into the players, because they've taken a lot of stick and a lot of heat. I've had a go at one or two in the last couple of weeks, demanding more from them, and now they need to start demanding more from each other, putting their bodies on the line and defending our box better than we have been doing."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron. Click here to buy your match pass ahead of the away game at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.


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