Alexander claims ‘every game is precious’ ahead of Checkatrade tie with Leicester

Scunthorpe United are expected to make a host of changes tonight, as they face Leicester City’s under-23’s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

After the disappointment of being battered by Doncaster at the weekend, the tie gives Graham Alexander’s men a decent opportunity to recoup some confidence ahead of the weekend trip to Walsall in League One.

Talking to the Iron’s iFollow account, Alexander said: “I’ll never stop repeating myself in that I don’t see any reason to relax the preparation, our approach or how we perform.

“Every professional football game is precious. It’s a great opportunity for you to show what you can do and it’s a great opportunity for you to feel good about yourself.

“You can only do that by playing well and winning, so I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t try and do our best on Tuesday. That’s the target for us.”

United have had scouts watching the Foxes under-23s, in the hope that they can understand the threat the youngster’s possess.

“We’ve watched them and we have a couple of reports on them.

“We know what they are about and they are a very good team. Much like their first-team, they work extremely hard.

“They will press you and defensively they are very strong. It will be a challenge for us.

“We were quite impressed with what we saw when we’ve watched them play so we know it will be a tough game for us.”

The manager also hinted that there will be some changes tonight, although some players that played in the 3-0 loss to Donny will feature once again.

“We have just come off the back of a tough FA Cup game on Sunday and playing two games in three days is tough but doable.

“The players are going to have to do that throughout the season without a shadow of a doubt. I use these games to make sure that the squad is as competitive as it can be.

“Players have proved their point in the Checkatrade Trophy both this season and last season. They have been putting in those performances and getting into the first-team, so these games are really important to me as a manager but to the players as well.

“It’s important that they go into this game and show what they can do. It’s their chance to shine and put pressure on the players that played on Sunday. I expect that to be the case.” he concluded.


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