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Manager on Scunthorpe United trip

18 August 2014

Graham Alexander's thoughts ahead of Scunthorpe game

Glanford Park will be the destination for the Cod Army on Tuesday night for what will be their third away game in the space of seven days.

Town narrowly slipped to an extra-time defeat at the hands of Championship side Rotherham United last Tuesday in the Capital One, but responded excellently at the weekend to claim their first ever away victory in England’s third tier courtesy of a Jamie Proctor header.

United currently sit bottom of League One after slipping to defeats at Swindon Town and Preston North End respectively, so will be looking to get back on track.

The Iron are familiar opposition to Graham Alexander’s side though, and the boss is not taking league standings into consideration after just two matches.

Alexander said: “They’ll obviously be hurting after Saturday’s result and we have to be aware of that, but we’re in good spirits after the performances we’ve produced in the last three games.”

“They’ll have a point to prove. Everyone in professional football knows that if you get beat at home it hurts, but it’s how you respond. We’ll take Scunthorpe’s qualities into account, but we need to make sure that we get our performance level right.”

However, Alexander is confident that if his players can replicate recent performances, they’ll come away with something to cheer about on Tuesday: “If we play like we have done recently then we know we’ve got a good chance of getting a positive result.”

Alexander also praised the support of the travelling Cod Army during the past two games, and admitted they’ve made a massive difference: “It’ll be our third away game in succession and our supporters have been magnificent, so I’m sure they’ll follow us again on Tuesday night.”

“The atmosphere they created over on the far side on Saturday was superb, and you could see that they were enjoying themselves. They responded to how the lads played.”

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