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Baraclough wary of Foxes

Baraclough wary of Foxes

Scunthorpe United manager Ian Baraclough has admitted his side will have their work cut out for the visit of Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

The Foxes head into the clash on the back of three defeats in their last four Championship fixtures, but Leicester-born Baraclough has conceded his side go into the game as firm underdogs.

"Leicester's last few games haven't gone the way they were expecting," he Scunthorpe's official site.

"They got themselves on a roll at one stage and I think everyone was looking at the top two rather than the play-offs.

"Now they have fallen out of the play-off area and they are looking to rediscover some form as they go into their last ten games.

"Sven-Goran Eriksson has had a big effect on the football club, he's created a lot of interest.

"With him being manager he's been able to entice a lot of the Premier League players who have come to the club."

Baraclough, who still lives in Leicestershire, never pulled on a Foxes shirt despite spending three years at Filbert Street.

And the 40-year-old knows better than any of his fellow league managers that Foxes fans do not enjoy settling for second best.

"Still living in the city, there is a mood around the place that they feel as though they should be up there and they still believe they will be.

"They will be fully expecting to win, for sure, but we fancy our chances too."

The Iron chief was keen to point out the threat of Everton loanee Yakubu, but reserved the majority of his praise for City's talismanic deputy captain.

"They've got plenty of dangermen, such as Yakubu and the like.

"Andy King is a massive threat. He has come up through the ranks and he looked a wirey lad as a 17/18-year-old but he's found his feet fantastically well.

"He makes good runs from midfield and tends to have this knack of being able to put a finish at the end of it.

"They have a good midfield, depending on what type of side they put out as well.

"They are a team who can play in different ways.

"They can play an expansive game where they have got a lot of pace out wide, but the likes of Darius Vassell and Yakubu lead the frontline well.

"They have a good backline too and I feel they are a side with strength all over."

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Date:Friday March 11 2011
Time: 7:32PM

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