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DREAM HOME RETURN

28 March 2016

Iron boss Graham Alexander has described the 6-0 Bank Holiday Monday victory over Swindon Town as “beyond a dream.”

The Glanford Park fixture was his first on home soil as manager of the club and saw United pick up three comprehensive points following a clinical performance.

Understandably delighted, Alexander spoke to The Iron PlayerHD after the match and said: “It was beyond a dream that result for my first game at home.

“It has set the bar high for me and the players but if we want to be a good team then we have to extend standards and expectations.

“I’m really pleased with the players because they were fantastic from minute one and really put Swindon under pressure.

“We knew how they’d try and play from the back and it was always going to be about our players' work rate to go and press them.

“We were very clinical and it was good to see a few of the boys on the scoresheet.

“Like I said on Friday, if we can show that same commitment and endeavour going forward then we’ll give ourselves a real chance.”

Conor Townsend started things off with the first goal of the Alexander era, and his maiden strike in an Iron shirt, before Jordan Clarke netted just prior to half time.

Hakeeb Adelakun, Tom Hopper (2) and Paddy Madden bagged after the break to lead the team on their way to a resounding triumph and the boss was particularly pleased to see two of his fullbacks on the scoresheet.

“It was good to see Paddy scoring but we can’t just put it all on his shoulders,” he continued

“For Hops to get a couple, Hakeeb to come into the team and score and then the two fullbacks getting up there was great to see.

“Jordan had a little bit of fortune for his goal but if he isn’t up there and hasn’t got that ambition to get in those areas then he won’t get the chance to score.

“I’ve encouraged the two fullbacks to keep going forward and it was great reward to see them get a couple of goals.

“I think we scored at a good stage after half time as well as we didn’t give Swindon the opportunity to get back into the game.

“We were really clinical and put the game to bed.”

Naturally thrilled with the margin of the win, Alexander was also keen to applaud the shift his players put into the 90 minutes.

United also registered another clean sheet and goalkeeper Luke Daniels is another player that came in for high praise.

Alexander added: “You don’t want to go gung ho. You still want to play in the right manner which we did.

“It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet as well because people can sometimes lose focus but I didn’t think the players did that.

“I thought they were excellent and ruthless at both ends which was great to see.

“Luke Daniels made a fantastic save on Friday from a corner and he made another today. We’re fortunate that we’ve got two really good goalkeepers here who are really pushing to play.

“Luke had lot of spells of inactivity but the mentality of top goalkeepers is to stay focused for when they’re needed and be ready to deal with things.

“We have to take great credit as a team as we stopped them playing and really got about them.”

See much more from Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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