GARY ROBERTS is hoping he did enough for Huddersfield Town against Preston to get the chance to take on Scunthorpe!
Both Saturday’s visitors and tonight’s hosts came down from the Championship last season, and the winger knows both are desperate for a quick return.
Town, of course, have their own promotion aspirations, and having stayed second by beating North End, go for five straight League I wins at Glanford Park.
Roberts sees no reason why Town can’t claim all three points, but says Scunthorpe, who are 16th, will be shown plenty of respect.
“It’s not been the kind of start they would have wanted,” said the former Accrington and Ipswich man.
“But they’ve got a good manager in Alan Knill and some very good players, and like Preston, they’ve had one or two injury problems.
“A lot of their squad have Championship experience, and they did well to get a goalless draw at MK Dons on Saturday.
“Glanford Park is a compact ground, but it’s usually a nice surface, and I think both sides will want to play passing football.”
Roberts enjoyed the contest with Preston, which Town won 3-1 thanks to in-form Jordan Rhodes’ second hat trick in as many matches.
“They are a good side, and they came with two strikers and the intention to attack, which is unusual because most sides are more cagey at our place.
“They gave us a good game, but in the end we had that bit too much for them, and hopefully that will be the same at Scunthorpe.”
Town aim to make it 40 league games without loss tonight, but Roberts says the emphasis is on winning, not avoiding defeat.
“We go into every match, home and away, with one thought in our minds, and while we always respect opponents, we don’t fear anyone,” he added.
“When you look at the season so far we haven’t played brilliantly in some games but have battled away and got something.
“We are showing different qualities in different games and we have a good variety within the squad.
“Look at Scott Arfield, who has switched to the right of midfield and is doing a tremendous job alongside Jack Hunt.
“They are both fit lads with lots of energy and they are combining really well and playing with confidence.
“That goes for the whole squad, and our unbeaten run, which is a great achievement, means it’s a great place to be around at the moment.
“We don’t panic if we suffer a setback because we know we have the players who can get us back into games.
“Our three frontmen, Jordan, Alan Lee and Lee Novak have all been among the goals and we have other potential scorers in Scott, Danny Ward, Tommy Miller and myself.
“The lads at the back have chipped in as well, and that’s a real plus because whatever happens, we never feel out of a game.”
Roberts is looking forward to renewing acquaintance with former Town teammate Michael Collins.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who switched to Scunthorpe the close-season before last, is back after Achilles tendon trouble.
“Michael is a good player who was a good servant to our club, and he’ll be keen for the chance to face us,” said Roberts.
“I also know a couple of other Scunthorpe players, Jimmy Ryan and Robbie Grant, who are Liverpool lads like myself, so it will be good to see them again.”
Tyne and Wear referee Eddie Ilderton will take charge tonight.