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23 April 2016

United boss Graham Alexander hailed how his side managed both sides of the game in their 2-0 victory over Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium.

The Iron cut the gap to the play-offs to two points as results again went in the club's favour following an own goal from Ricardo Almeida Santos and a bullet header from substitute Tom Hopper sealed the victory.

"It was superb. We were fantastic today," he said, speaking to The Iron PlayerHD.

"We had to weather the storm a little bit. Their line-up was all-out attack and we managed them really well up until half time. We were a little bit fortunate with the first goal. We put them under pressure, asked questions and got the goal.

"We scored a great second goal, set up by Paddy and put into the net by Hops. He's been great and he took my decision (to leave him out of the starting line-up on Tuesday) like a true professional. He's been fantastic in training and I knew when I was putting him on I was going to get someone that wanted to prove a point.

"Paddy inside will be feeling like he wants to score the goals, but he wants to win games more than score. He's superb at leading the line for us and it was a great assist."

Another clean sheet at the other end of the pitch, the Iron's 19th in all competitions this season, was saluted as a further testament to the team by the United boss.

"They had spells around our box and Luke (Daniels) made an important save just before our first goal," he continued.

"We managed the game really well today and it was another top, all-round team performance. They've got a great taste for defending. They love getting hit by the ball and putting their bodies on the line. It's a pride for them.

"There's a personal pride to do both sides of the game well and that's the only way you can win games."

Scunthorpe go into next week's final home game of the regular season against Port Vale looking to fill Glanford Park, with tickets FREE for under-18's, while adults can attend the match for just £5.

Alexander stated that while he is looking forward to fans taking advantage of the club offer, his side must remained focus on the game-by-game approach that has seen the Iron victorious in the last four matches.

"We've kept it alive for the supporters, who were fantastic today," he stated.

"It was great to go to them at the end of the game and thank them for that. We're expecting big numbers next week, it's a great offer from the club and it's going to be a big game for everyone.

"We've got to focus on our job and that is to perform on the day."

See much more reaction from the Iron's 2-0 victory over Peterborough United, including reaction from Graham Alexander, Paddy Madden and Tom Hopper on The Iron PlayerHD.

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