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ATTITUDE AND COMMITMENT WAS EXCELLENT

5 November 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander praised the attitude and commitment of his players, who exited the FA Cup at the hands of Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

United were defeated 3-1 on an afternoon at the Valley in which the visitors created chances at will, but things ultimately just didn’t go their way.

Two strikes from Ademola Lookman and one from Johnnie Jackson sealed the Addicks’ passage to the next round, despite Tom Hopper bringing a dominant Scunthorpe back into the game after half time.

"I think we can be disappointed with the result considering the performance we put on today," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We created some really good chances in the first 20-25 minutes and were the better team.

"We conceded a poor goal from our perspective. It was a great finish from the lad (Lookman) but the lead-up could have been dealt with better. They then had a five minute period where they got the second goal.

"However, I felt we then came out for the second half and completely bossed the game. We probably created more chances today than we have when we've won handsomely.

"Once we got our composure back, we took the game to them and it was one-way traffic except for a couple of breakaways, which they scored the last one from.

"Apart from Hops' goal, we couldn't find that clinical touch but some of the play was superb.

"Their goalkeeper made some excellent saves, and we sent a couple just past the post.

"The players' attitude and commitment to the game was excellent and they gave everything. You can't win them all but it's important you show a will to win and we certainly did that today.

"The fans were superb and waited until the end to clap the team off, becuse they could see the effort that was put in. We showed everything to win the game."

Alexander was pleased to give Luke Williams, who has been recovering from an ankle injury, his first game time in almost three months.

"We have good players in this squad and they have to be ready to take their opportunity when they get it," the boss added.

"Hopefully we will see more of that on Tuesday (at Cambridge) and we can get back to winning ways.

"Luke has worked hard to get back to fitness. He's trained with us for almost two weeks now and still needs to do more to get up to full blast, but that will come with games.

"There are players at the moment doing a great job and he will have to compete with those to get that starting berth.

"I was pleased though to see him come on the pitch today and contribute to the performance."

There was also praise for centre-back Charlie Goode, who stepped in for the rested David Mirfin.

"Charlie has been waiting for his opportunity but he was superb today, along with Murray Wallace," Alexander said.

"He had a bit of cramp at the end. It was a fast and furious game, but he'll be fine."

Paddy Madden came off just before half-time, and Alexander explained why the Irishman had to be withdrawn.

The manager said: "He just had a twinge in his hamstring. It was precautionary and we didn't want to risk it.

"Paddy wanted to give it a go but we could see he was a bit wary of spreading full out so we thought it was best to bring him off. We'll just see how he is."

See much more from Graham Alexander, Tom Hopper and Charlie Goode on The Iron PlayerHD.

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