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8 May 2016

Manager Graham Alexander endured mixed emotions, including pride and disappointment, following the 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, which saw the club miss out on the play-offs on goal difference.

His side made it six wins from six and registered their 21st clean sheet in all competitions in the process, but a 4-1 victory for Barnsley at SkyBet League One Champions Wigan Athletic steered United narrowly away from sixth place.

"We wanted to win as many games as possible after the Bradford defeat and we've done that," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We've taken it right to the wire and to then miss out on goal difference is disappointing and frustrating and the players are bitterly disappointed about it.

"The season is over 46 games and where you finish is in your hands. Unfortunately, we've fallen three goals short. 74 points usually gets you in the play-offs and over ten months, it's not a bad tally.

"The challenge for us is to improve on that for next season and look to see where we can be better; because we want to be better."

Tom Hopper gave Scunthorpe a half time lead, sweeping home from eighteen yards out following a quick break from Adelakun, with Madden also prominent.

Paddy Madden made it to twenty league goals for the season, twenty-three in all competitions, as he fired home a second in the second half, with another clean sheet seeing United end the campaign on a high.

"It is a difficult place to come, irrespective of where Sheffield United are in the league," he continued.

"You have to play the atmosphere and keep your focus. We were patient and got the all important goal. We saw out the pressure and we can learn the lessons from today and recent weeks to make sure we're 100% commited from day one next season.

"Both strikers scored today, which is great. A clean sheet for the whole team again is superb. We did all we could and that's great credit to team, but it wasn't to be and we have to make sure our future is in our own hands next season.

"We've shown, probably in the last twenty-odd games, that we are capable of winning a lot of games."

Speaking about the fans and the nine games the Scunthorpe boss has been at the helm, Alexander had nothing but pride and positive words and urges all aspects to be carried into next season.

"We've had fantastic support, especially over the last two weeks," he stated.

"Over 7,000 at Glanford Park last weekend and 3,000 here at Bramall Lane today and I think the club as a whole showed their potential today, both the supporters and the team.

"It's been brilliant. I couldn't speak any more highly of the job - the people I work with, the support I've got from the players, supporters and staff. It's about the team and the club and what we've shown is great potential.

"Potential doesn't win and we have to build on that. I'm looking forward to pre-season already as I'm just getting going, but everything will be in place for when the players come back."

See much more reaction from Graham Alexander, Tom Hopper and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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