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Northampton’s Hasselbaink says Iron are a ‘very good team’

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In the Cobblers’ pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup First Round tie with the Iron, manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink heaped praise on Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe side.

Regarding the match, Hasselbaink said, “We don’t want to stand still, we want to push on and keep trying to grow.” If you fancy a flutter this weekend you can get the Iron at 8/5 to defeat Northampton on all good betting sites in the UK.

The former Chelsea favourite went on to say, “I was very happy with the performance against Blackpool and this week is about trying to reinforce the things that we have done well and trying to add more control of the ball.

“We are building a little bit of momentum at the moment and we want to keep on building that.

“Scunthorpe are a very good team, they play good football and they have individuals who can hurt you.

“It will be a different test to Blackpool but we are at home and we want to keep on going.

“The mental aspect and professionalism is going to be very important on Saturday and that’s what I am going to be looking at.”

Hasselbaink has strengthened his side ahead of the tie with the Iron with the signing of free transfer central defender Ryan McGivern.

The former Hibernian and Bristol City player is a full Northern Ireland international and has put pen to paper on a short term deal until January with the Cobblers. Hasselbaink is hoping that his signature will help to sure up the second worst defensive record in League One after the club’s disappointing start to the campaign.

McGivern was most recently with Shrewsbury Town but become free agent just before the transfer window closed in August.

“Ryan has been training with us for a few weeks and has done well,” Hasselbaink continued.

“I feel we need to strengthen the squad in the central defensive areas and he will come in to do that.

“With Regan Poole playing a lot of his football in midfield recently and with Leon Barnett recovering from injury, while Ash Taylor and Aaron Pierre have done very well, they have had to play a lot of football recently and haven’t had the benefit of competition for their places.

“Ryan coming in provides that and with him having been on the training ground with us for a while we have had the chance to have a look at him and he has already fitted in well with the group.”

McGivern added: “Everybody has been really welcoming and the manager has obviously seen something to bring me on board and hopefully I can repay that.

“I had a couple of weeks training by myself and obviously got the call to come in here and see how things went. It has paid off and I can’t wait to get started now.

“I had a few weeks training with a club back home and did my own bits in the gym but I’m really looking forward to getting started now at Northampton”.

Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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