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Alexander hoping handbrake is off as Iron take on in-form Oldham

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Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander has urged his side to believe they can beat in-form Oldham Athletic when they travel to Lancashire tomorrow.

The Latics are unbeaten under new manager Richie Wellens and boast the division’s hottest strike pairing in Eoin Doyle and Craig Davies, but Alexander hopes his sides’ late rally to beat Peterborough will have given his players the belief that they can compete at the top of League One.

“Oldham is always a really difficult place to go”, Alexander told the press.

“The crowd really get behind them and make it an atmosphere that’s good for the home team, so we need to be aware of that, but they’re a good side with lots of good players.

“They probably underperformed at the start of the season but Richie Wellens has come in and brought the best out of them. Their last few games has seen top of the table form, so it will be tough on Saturday but the biggest thing for me is we know we’re a good team.

“Whoever we play in this league, we need to believe in ourselves, because if we aspire to be one of the top teams we have to be able to beat anybody. We’ll go to a number of venues this year where it will be a real tough challenge.

“The biggest thing for us is realising how good we are.”

Alexander added that there was a positive mood in training following Saturday’s late comeback win over the Posh last Saturday and said he hoped the players could build on a positive second half performance.

“The players are in good spirits. We had a good result last week and it was a positive way to finish the game. They’ve taken that into training this week, building up to another big game on Saturday.

“We know that win has been coming over the last two or three games because of our performances. As I said before Saturday’s game, it’s about getting the performances right. I thought, watching it back, we started the second half very well and the goal against us was a bit of a blow and saw us lose our spark.

“However, for the last 20 minutes, we were exceptional and played really good, incisive football. We let the handbrake off and got our game going again. There will always be disappointments in football but it’s how you react to them. It took us a few minutes to react to that disappointment, but when we did we showed what we could do.”

Andrew Crofts will be in contention to return to the squad after recovering from injury, but the game will come too early for Conor Townsend who may be involved on Tuesday at Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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