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Cox provides update as Iron gear up for Rochdale trip

12 August 2021

First team manager Neil Cox is looking ahead to his side’s first away league game of the season at Rochdale this weekend.

The Iron come into the game off the back of an opening day defeat to Swindon Town before the side were narrowly knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Barrow in midweek, but there is positivity in the camp ahead of the latest test.

Speaking to iFollow Iron ahead of the game, Cox said: “We’ve recovered really well. We were disappointed that we were knocked out of the cup on Tuesday, and the players and myself were really disappointed with how we conceded. 

“We didn’t create enough chances in the second half, but there were some positive signs, so we’ve shown them the clips. Everyone is on board and pushing in the right direction.

“There’s no negativity around the place, it’s all about positivity. We’ve played one league game.”

A trip to Spotland usually yields a good away following for the Iron, with the United boss hoping for a better showing from his side.

“I’m sure we will travel well to Rochdale,” he stated.

“They’re a team that were relegated last season, so they’ll be under pressure. They have to win the game, they have to be at the top end and I think they’ll expect that. We’ve just got to go there and be professional with whatever system we go with. 

“We’ve got to be better in possession and create more chances and hopefully get a little bit of luck that we haven’t had in the first two games.”

In terms of team news, it is likely that the squad that travelled to the north west in midweek will all be in contention for the weekend, with the Scunthorpe manager giving an update on those players sidelined through injury.

“Everyone (who played) should be alright,” he continued. 

“Myles (Hippolyte) has a little bit of a calf problem, but it looks like it was cramp. Alex (Kenyon) got a whack on the ankle but he’s fine.

“Jordan Hallam has still got a little bit of a tight groin so will miss out as a precaution. It’s a matter of looking after him and getting him fully fit again.

“Tom (Billson) isn’t as bad as we first thought. We thought it was going to be a long term one. We’re still waiting to hear back from Coventry as they have sent him to see a specialist. 

“Tyrone (O’Neill) has a sore knee. He could be out for a few weeks, but we are still unsure on him until we have the full medical reports back.

“Ross (Millen) is working his way through his hamstring strain. He’s been back on the grass, but not joined in fully yet and Jarvo (Aaron Jarvis) has trained again, and we’re trying to get fitness into him, which is taking its time. We’re just trying to get him on the training pitch as much as we can.”

Cox is still hopeful of a fresh face in the building ahead of Saturday’s encounter, and added: “We’re hoping to get one over the line, more or less everything has been agreed.

“We are just waiting for the other club to sign it off. He’s trained this morning with their first team, and once it’s done he can travel up. He’s a hard-working centre forward, who puts himself about. He looks like he’s a natural finisher and he’s been out on loan in this league before. 

“He wants to come to this football club, and initially we didn’t think he was going to be available, we thought he was going to be pushing in their first team.”

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.


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