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Alexander: Saturday's game is a special occasion for the Club

11 December 2014

Town prepare to take on former Premier League side at Highbury

Graham Alexander admitted that it’ll be a special occasion for the Cod Army on Saturday afternoon when they take on one of the League’s biggest clubs.

Nigel Clough’s Blades, relegated from the Barclays Premier League in 2007, will provide a stern test for Town as they look to cement their place in the play-off positions.

The Cod Army lost late on at Swindon last time out, and will be looking to bounce back in front of what is sure to be a full house on the Fylde Coast.

Alexander paid testament to the hard work put in by many over recent years, and that visits from sides such as United should be cherished.

Ahead of the game, he said: “A lot of work has gone on over the years to get to this level and play clubs such as Sheffield United, and it’s a game we’re looking to try to win.

“We’re always looking to compete against whichever opponent we play against, no matter how big or small they are.

“It’ll be a tough game that’s for sure. They’re doing well this season, as is to be expected, but we know we can compete with anyone at this level.

“They’ve got a very good team which we have to try and compete against, but I believe we’ve got a very good team as well. It’ll be two good teams who like to pass the ball and play football.

“We want to get back to winning ways and that’s the target on Saturday. We were disappointed with our last home result against Walsall which ended our nine month unbeaten run at Highbury.”

The manager is hoping Town can turn things around against Clough’s men, and is calling on the Highbury support to roar his side to victory.

“I’ve been in the game a long time and have seen surprise results all the time. As a manager you have to take out the outside aspects of how big a club is.

“The atmosphere on Saturday will be very good yet again. Whenever a club has come to us and brought many fans, our supporters have responded to the challenge.

“In turn, the players have always responded to the atmosphere inside Highbury, and that’s what we’re looking for on Saturday.”

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