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Alexander praises support ahead of Coventry

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Iron boss Graham Alexander has praised the Iron’s ‘fantastic’ travelling support ahead of Saturday’s League One game with Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

Scunthorpe were backed by just short of 700 fans in the Capital for the FA Cup tie with Charlton last week and a similar figure is set to descend on the West Midlands tomorrow.

The club have sold around 600 tickets in advance for the game against Mark Venus’ side, with plenty more expected to travel on the day, and Alexander has urged fans to turn out in numbers to support the team.

“Sometimes we’ve had over a thousand there, which has been fantastic”, he told the club’s official website.

“We need them, we need that support. It’s definitely played a part in some of the games we’ve won this season and we’re going to need from now until the end of the campaign.

“We need to be heard. The players need that support behind them because there are many times where negative things happen, and if you’ve got those supporters behind you it’s great.

“You can look back at the game against Charlton, where we got beat, but they were still singing for the team and applauding at the end because they could see the effort the players put in”.

He also reserved praise for the 86 fans that traveled to Cambridge in midweek for the final Check-a-trade Trophy group game.

“There were 86 at Cambridge, which is absolutely fantastic to see.

“It would have been easy for them to stay at home on a freezing cold night, with us already being through to the next round. However, they came down to support the boys, and that’s when you really know you’ve got great supporters around you – when they’re coming down to a game where there’s not much riding on it, but they want to see the team win”.

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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