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Neil Cox updates ahead of hosting Walsall at the weekend

22 April 2021

First team manager Neil Cox is looking to end the season on a more positive note, starting with a penultimate home game of the season this weekend.

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Speaking on Thursday afternoon to iFollow Iron, following a midweek defeat at Mansfield, Cox said: “It was good to get back in this morning and iron a few things out.”

“We’ve only got two home games left, so we want to finish on a high, if possible. We’ve been positive around the boys this morning, trying to freshen people up, get some rest into them and get ready for the game.

“We’ve got four games left this season and want to finish strongly. I want to have a look at one or two players who haven’t been involved, and get some fresh legs out there.”

The Saddlers, who themselves come into the game off a disappointing result in midweek, losing to Salford City, are one place and two points better off than the Iron going into the encounter.

A win would confirm safety in Sky Bet League Two and see Scunthorpe leapfrog their latest opponents in the division.

“(They’ve had) a similar season to us,” he continued.

“We went there and beat them earlier in the season, and we’re looking to try and win this game. They were on a good run of form at the time, and it was a difficult place to go.

“We’re focused on trying to get another win, and I’ll be looking at personnel I want to play, who needs to play and whether we can freshen things up in a different way.”

Jai Rowe is the only fresh injury concern from midweek as he manages a knee injury which first flared up against Forest Green Rovers.

The young right-back was also withdrawn in midweek at Mansfield after taking another blow to the area.

“Jai has a sore knee, took a whack and came off,” he stated.

“He’s the only one who is a fresh injury doubt. The treatment room is packed at the minute, but the rest of the boys have trained and are focused and ready to go.

“We’re having a look at Harrison (McGahey) and JB (Jacob Bedeau) and we will have a look at a couple of the young boys and see if they’re ready to go.”

Second-year scholar Joey Dawson was on the bench in midweek, while Harry Jessop has two substitute appearances under his belt of late.

With four games left on the schedule this season, the United boss is considering handing minutes to those players, along with other youngsters, as the campaign draws to a close.

“I’ve wanted to use one or two earlier on, but it hasn’t been the right time, or they got injured at the wrong time,” he stated.

“We’ll probably look at one or two at a time to see how they play. We’ve got a couple of really hard away games to come where it would be interesting to see how they do against a bigger team. They have to make sure they’re ready to go, we have to fight for points and see if they’re good enough.

“The older players need to help the younger players out. The young lads might come in and show some winning legs, some honesty and some pace and power that we need and freshen everything up.”

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