Iron interim boss Nick Daws says he is wary of the threats AFC Wimbledon will pose as Scunthorpe prepare to face the League One strugglers tomorrow.
The Dons sit just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference and are in real danger of dropping into League Two, however Daws is not underestimating the task at hand as the Iron travel to South West London.
“We focus a lot on analysing not only our performance, but the opposition’s performance too. I’ve seen enough of AFC Wimbledon over the course of four or five games now to know they can pose a real threat to us”, Daws told the club’s official site.
“I do think this league is perhaps one of the most competitive. The teams with the Championship budgets stand out but, in the three or four seasons now that I’ve worked at this level, it’s always been competitive.
Daws singled out ex Iron striker and Wimbledon top scorer Lyle Taylor as a player his defenders will be keeping a close eye on at Kingsmeadow.
The former Brentford man struggled to make an impact at Glanford Park under Mark Robins, but has flourished back home in London and has twelve league goals to his name this term.
“Lyle has done really well. He’s probably closer to his spiritual home in terms of where he’s from and that makes it a little bit easier for him. Lyle has shown over the last two or three seasons that he’s matured as a player and he’s consistently shown that he can play to his strengths”, Daws continued.
“He contributed in his time at this club and we’ll always be grateful to any player who’s contributed, no matter how many games they’ve played. He’s a great personality and I enjoyed working with him during that short spell. He’ll be a test for us.”
Scunthorpe go into the game on the back of Good Friday’s draw with Oxford, which saw a much improved performance and Daws is hoping his side can build on that having fallen out of the play offs for the first time since October.
“Some of the feedback we’ve received this week for that first-half performance has been as positive as I’ve heard in a long time, and that’s justified.
“The only attempt that Oxford had at our goal in our box was in the first-half, so we restricted them to very little. That was the pleasing element of the second-half because, at the end of the day, we were away from home against a very good team who have just fallen short of the levels they’d expect but got a reaction because they’ve got a new manager in.”