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A GOAL WORTHY OF WINNING ANY GAME

19 November 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander was delighted with the response of his players in the second half as they beat Oldham 1-0 at Glanford Park.

United had to 'fight and scrap' to win the game, with Scott Wiseman's spectacular winner ten minutes from time sealing all three points.

"We're delighted with the result. It was a tough game for us," Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We didn't play particularly well in the first half and, to be honest, could and should have been 2-0 down at least.

"Luke Daniels made a couple of brilliant saves to keep us in it, and the lads missed an opportunity as well.

"We were giving simple balls away and getting confused in our thoughts.

"We composed everyone at half-time and just asked them to play a simpler game, and keep it easy - two touch, make the first pass, make Oldham defend in their half, and the win would come if we keep a clean sheet.



"It was a great response from the players, because it can be difficult to turn a performance around.

"In the second half we bossed the game, and could have had more than one - as Oldham could have in the first half too.

"(Scott Wiseman) had been unlucky because he had a fantastic effort before that which hit the crossbar, and we had a goal disallowed for offside.

"We also had a goal not given which was clearly over the line, from the pictures after.

"I can understand why it wasn't given, because it was a shot of speed and was in and out of the net. From the response of the players I thought it was in, but I can understand why the referee didn't give it.

"It would have been a harsh one to take if we hadn't won the game.

"Fortunately for us though, Wisey popped up with a fantastic strike and a goal worthy of winning any game."

Alexander explained the reason Paddy Madden was absent from the squad for the visit of the Latics.

The boss said: "He got through the game last week, but reviewing it, and looking at the stats, it wasn't quite full-out Paddy as we need him to be, with those sprints that can get him behind players and start the pressing game off.

"His hamstring was just stopping him from doing that. We've looked after him this week and made the decision on Friday that he wasn't fit enough to do that.

"We want Paddy to be fit for the majority of the season, and not risk him by having him out for two months. We won't do that with any players.

"It was the best decision to keep him back and make sure he's fully fit.

"I'm sure it won't be long before he's back and raring to go."

See much more from Graham Alexander, Scott Wiseman and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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