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SHOULD HAVE BUILT ON THE LEAD

8 October 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander has expressed a tinge of disappointment, despite seeing United extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.

Josh Morris added to his impressive seasonal goals tally with a first-half free-kick but Northampton equalised as the clock ticked down to ensure a share of the spoils.

That came after the Cobblers had been reduced to 10 men following experienced midfielder Matt Taylor’s red card and Alexander was left slightly frustrated that the team couldn’t secure all three points.

When asked for his reaction after the game, he told The Iron PlayerHD: “Disappointment. I can’t lie.

“We’re disappointed that we haven’t won the game. I thought we started it well and caused Northampton loads of problems.

“We deservedly took the lead through another great goal from Josh and we should have built on that but we didn’t.

“Slowly, we lost control of the game when we should have had it and when they went down to 10 men, we should have really asserted our authority.

“It cost us and they managed to get a goal back. Credit to them for doing what they did but we know that with the quality we have, we should have seen it out.”

One big pleasing note was the fact that Morris continued his prolific goalscoring spell since arriving at Glanford Park over the summer, curling home an expert set-piece just moments before the end of the opening period.

Quick to praise the midfield man, Alexander also highlighted the importance of consistently going out and collecting points as the campaign goes on.

“It was a great moment in the game – probably the highlight,” the boss continued.

“It was a scrappy match and there were lots of breaks in play but once we got the lead, we should have built on it.

“We’d spoken about building on it and not just seeing the game out but in the end, that’s what we did.

“It’s disappointing but the players have been superb over the course of the season and not every game is going to go our way.

“We’ve got another point on the tally, it’s important we’re constantly picking up points and that’s what we did.

“We also set high standards so it’s something for us to improve on and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

In contrast to recent weeks, the squad will now have a seven day break from match action, with no game pencilled in for this coming midweek.

The rest will give Alexander’s men time to recover and prepare for United’s next League One clash with MK Dons and the manager stressed the need to be fully ready for when that arrives.

He continued: “We have to prepare. Up to now the players have been superb and they’re angry with themselves for dropping two points today.

“We have to look at the bigger picture and we’ve started the season really well. We’re hard to beat, winning games, scoring goals and you’re going to get the odd hiccup along the way.

“We have to make sure we win more games, that’s the challenge for us now

“Teams are coming here and playing in certain ways. We’ve seen that in the last few weeks and we have to find a way to overcome it.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Josh Morris and Richie Smallwood on The Iron PlayerHD.

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