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Cox previews Tranmere home encounter

26 August 2021

Following three matches unbeaten in the league, first team manager Neil Cox is hoping his side can make it four with victory over Tranmere Rovers at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday.

The Iron enter the game looking to build on draws against Rochdale, Walsall and Sutton United with their first win of the season when Micky Mellon's side come to town at the weekend.

After a very young Scunthorpe side was beaten 3-0 by Manchester City Under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy group stages in midweek, Cox reported no fresh injury concerns.

He told iFollow Iron: "We've been focusing on what we need to do. The boys have trained really well and are looking for a home win if possible to get our league season really well and truly started.

"We've picked up points over the last couple of weeks, but we believe we should have been winning games really and got more points. The atmosphere around the place is excellent, the team spirit is really good and we're focusing on what will be a tough game on Saturday."

Speaking about the opposition, who have five points so far after an opening day win, two draws and a defeat, he added: "I think they're an experienced side. They will be expected to go for the play-offs like last season and we'll do our homework but it's about what we do. It's about creating chances for ourselves, being better in possession and trying to win the midfield battle, which I believe against them is going to be the main part of the game."

He added: "I left some players out on Tuesday just to make sure they'd be alright for Saturday. We'll pick a positive side and look to get the result.

"We've had a lot of midweek matches (six in a row including pre-season fixtures) and Tranmere didn't play in midweek, so it's important we rested some. We know it's going to be a difficult game but we've got to be on it and start the game well.

"We have to play forward, keep the ball in better areas and try to create chances. Players have to work harder in the box to get away from people and that's what we've worked on in training today."

Once Cox's side get past the Tranmere Rovers fixture, they face a much less congested schedule with the next midweek game coming in early October, and he added: "The recovery time is important and it gives me time to work on the boys who have been injured, so we can do extra training with them. It'll be good to get everybody back but at the moment I'm focusing on the players we have fit and available, and preparing them for Saturday."

He concluded with news on Ryan Loft, who injured a cheekbone against Rochdale and has had an operation on it since.

He said: "Lofty returned to the club this morning following an operation on his cheekbone and he looks battered and bruised. He'll see a specialist in the next ten days as the next part of his recovery and then we'll go from there with what we can do."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.


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