Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander has insisted tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie against Grimsby Town is simply the “next game” for his side.
The Mariners visit Glanford Park for the first time since recording a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe in 2013, but Alexander has said he is not placing any more importance on the game because it is against their local rivals.
“It doesn’t matter to me who we play, as in the importance of the game, because we always want to go out there and justify what we are about”, Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“We want to justify our work, justify the support we get from the fans and every game is an opportunity to do that”.
There has been little interest in the fixture from either set of supporters and both managers are likely to use the game to rotate their squads.
Andrew Crofts is cup tied after playing for Charlton Athletic in their first group stage game, while Charlie Goode, Luke Williams and Jonathon Margetts will continue to sit out through injury.