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ATTITUDE PLEASES ALEXANDER

8 July 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander was pleased with his side's application in their 3-0 away pre-season friendly win at Stamford AFC.

It was United's first game of the summer as they geared up for a week-long training camp in Austria with the victory, secured by goals from Duane Holmes (two) and Paddy Madden.

"I am pleased with the lads' attitude to the game. I think we started to do the basics, which is what we talked about wanting," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"The result is secondary to the performance in terms of how we approach these games but they did everything I asked them to do.

"It gave an early indication of where they are fitness-wise. I wanted them to be progressive with their passing and they did that, they found their range. We got the ball rolling quickly.

"We were aggressive with our play, scored three good goals and it was a good work-out.

"It was part of the training programme. They trained earlier today, came here and got a good work-out and will train again when we get to Austria.

"Stamford made us really welcome and provided a good, competitive game for us."

Alexander went on to talk about the three goals - all of which came from impressive pieces of team play.

He added: "Duane introduced himself to the supporters who came down here and showed real good positive signs, scoring the two goals and hitting the post too.

"We said when we signed him that he wants to go forward, create assists and score goals, and we saw evidence of that today.

"Levi did really well at full-back, showing great desire to get into the position and put a great ball in for Paddy, who made a true striker's run across the defender to score.

"All-round, it was really pleasing and it was a worthwhile exercise. There is a long way to go yet."

New summer signing Sam Mantom missed the game as a precaution, with Alexander saying: "Sam has picked up a little niggle, which I think is a hangover from before.

"We've worked the players hard but he has a little niggle that will keep him out for a little while.

"He will be back in the swing of things in no time but we thought it was best for him to miss this game and the trip to Austria because we didn't want to be taking risks with anybody.

"We're being really precautious and will make sure he's right."

See much more from Graham Alexander and Paddy Madden on The Iron PlayerHD.

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