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Scunthorpe United: Chasing the Play-Offs under Graham Alexander

6 May 2016

When Graham Alexander was appointed as Scunthorpe United’s manager on 22nd March, the Iron were 13th in Sky Bet League 1, six points adrift of the top six.

They then fell 10 points off the pace at the start of April.

But now, with one game to play, Alexander’s men trail the Play-Offs by goal difference only - sitting seventh, level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley.

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After a goalless draw with the Tykes in his dugout debut, Scunthorpe have won all but one of their matches under Alexander - six victories - only losing to Bradford City.

That form saw the manager, who started out as a player at Glanford Park, named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for April.

"We were 10 points adrift of the Play-Offs at the start of the month and we gave the players a target of winning as many games as they could," Alexander said after winning the monthly award.

“We wanted to show that even though people said we had nothing to play for we still cared about the club and wanted to put on a show. The momentum just built from there.”

Read more: Graham Alexander named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month

And now his team know that another win - which would be their sixth on the spin - could be enough to extend their season and give them a shot at returning to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2011.

The last day

Barnsley hold the upper hand going into the final day, two goals better off, but face table-toppers Wigan Athletic, who are all but confirmed as champions.

Scunthorpe, meanwhile, visit 10th-placed Sheffield United. The Blades may be lower than them in the table, but the Iron haven’t got the better of their weekend opponents since February 2011, eight winless meetings ago.

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