Date: 17th September 2015 at 7:21pm
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Manager Mark Robins has said that Scunthorpe head to Rochdale this weekend in good confidence.

On the back of the victory over Coventry, the gaffer told the Official Site that the last game had given everyone a lift again and he was confident that we could take that forward into the next match.

‘It has done their confidence the world of good. We want to try and get back-to-back wins, but we know it will be difficult. Rochdale have had a good start to the season, and if we win we go on the same amount of points as them. We can’t rest on our laurels and need to try to get back-to-back wins, which we haven’t managed to do in a while. They will try and stop us, and have good players. We’ve not won away from home yet, although we’ve been close a few times. For us, it is about going there and putting on a decent performance that we can build on.’

Robins went on to say that ahead of games we look at ‘all sorts’ of things that could work for us on the pitch when it came to the oppositions weaknesses and how we could hurt them, and we’ve obviously done that again ahead of this weekend.

Equally, the homework involves what they are likely to try and do to hurt us.

‘We just have to go there and keep the confidence levels up, and do the things that give us the best opportunity to win.’

As for team news, the gaffer confirmed we were effectively full strength for the tie so he does have some selection issues and decisions to make.

‘We hope to go there with a near full strength team. Stephen Dawson is still out and won’t make the game, and obviously Luke Williams and Niall Canavan are still out, but we hope everyone else will be in contention.’

Defender Scott Laird was also interviewed ahead of the game and he said that he felt a good and intense week of training would see us ready for the match against them.

‘We had a good week training prior to the Coventry game last week. It was at a high intensity, with the lads eager to get the win against Coventry. This week has been the same – probably even harder – because we know we are going to need to be at the top of our game to go and pick up some points away from home. Every game we`ve played so far, barring Wigan, we`ve been on top in terms of chances created and things like that. Things all came together last Saturday and we need to put that into a consistent basis like we know we can.’

Laird went on to say that having kept four clean sheets so far this campaign that’s obviously a bonus and points to us being hard to beat, but we need the balanced performance so we click at the back and the font to get more maximum points on the board.

‘We`ve also got four clean sheets already; which is really good. It`s good to keep clean sheets and if you want to win promotion you`ve got to keep clean sheets. With the chances that we are creating as a team it`s only a matter of time before we are really ruthless and put a lot of those chances away.’


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