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THE PLAYERS STOOD UP TO THE BATTLE

19 April 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander praised his players for coming out on top in a well-battled 2-1 victory over Bury at Glanford Park.

Ahead at the interval via Luke Williams' third goal in two games, Kyle Wootton netted what turned out to be the winning goal midway through the second half, before substitute Tom Pope halved the deficit.

The Shakers finished the game with ten men when Kelvin Etuhu was dismissed for quickfire yellow cards, the second of which in stoppage time.

"It was fantastic. It was a battle out there and the players stood up to it," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"It was two teams both going for the win and we managed to get it and I thought we deserved it. We played some really incisive football at times, dug in at times and played both sides of the game."

After scoring a brace in the 3-2 victory over Crewe at the weekend, it was Williams who continued his run of form with the game's opener, slotting home from twenty yards.

"I was really pleased with the goals," he continued

"It was a fantastic bit of play from Haks (Hakeeb Adelakun) and Daws (Stephen Dawson) to create the opening. Luke got into the position and it was a really good, composed finish.

"It was a worthy goal to take the lead into half time but we knew Bury were going to come back and probably bring Tom Pope into the game, which was the case. From there, you know what you're going to get when he and Leon Clarke are up front.

"The players handled them superbly apart from one set piece, but they put us under a lot of pressure."

Wootton netted his third Iron goal of the season to seal the three points, slotting home the easiest of finishes from a couple of yards out after a fiery cross-shot from Madden to double the Iron's lead.

In just his second start of the season, into the team to replace Tom Hopper, Alexander was delighted with the 19-year-old's contributions.

"It was a lesson for Kyle today against a very experienced Peter Clarke," he said.

"Both have probably come out of it with a few bumps and bruises, but he was in a great position to finish off Paddy's cross and it was fantastic for him.

"He's got the basis of a good player and it is pleasing he came in tonight and got the winner.

"It will be one he puts in the memory bank and learn from. It only helps him to become better and he led the line well with Paddy to create those opportunies and space."

The gap to sixth place reduces to four points, with the United boss focused on what the Iron do for the remainning three games of the campaign.

"We just look to Saturday's game now," he stated.

"If we look anywhere else, it will mean we've taken a slight focus off Saturday and what is needed. What we need is the same again, recover quickly and go again Saturday.

"They're in the winning mood; hopefully we can keep that going."

See much more from Iron manager Graham Alexander, along with reaction from Conor Townsend and match winner Kyle Wootton on The Iron PlayerHD.

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