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20 September 2016

Graham Alexander labelled his side's goalless draw with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night as a "fair result".

The Iron kept their third consecutive league clean sheet with another resilient battle at the back, but couldn't find the attacking edge going forward to make one of their chances count.

"It was a tough game and they're an excellent side," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"But so are we and it was two good teams going toe-to-toe. We had to work extremely hard and be disciplined in our performance to make sure we kept that clean sheet.

"We played some good stuff in periods but just couldn't get the breakthrough that we needed. I thought that it was two good teams that showed a lot of respect for each other and competed really well to get the three points.

"They've played different formations over the last three or four games and tonight was a different one and that's a lot of respect to us really to make sure they came here and made it as difficult as possible and that certainly was the case.

"We have to try and find another way around those sorts of obstacles. I thought as the game grew, we did that but Charlton had their threats on the counter attack with their pace and power."

Another clean sheet to add to the tally and another point on the board extends United's lead at the top of the table to two points, with a solid defensive team display keeping the rearguard closed for another 90 minutes.

"We're delighted with the clean sheet and the point," he continued.

"It keeps the momentum going and the points tally is going up, which is important, and I'm extremely pleased with every player's efforts tonight because they fully committed to a tough game.

"They did have their threats, but so did we, but we didn't quite have the winning edge. I thought a draw was a fair result over the course of 90 minutes."

David Mirfin was declared fit to play following his withdrawal with a cut eye and lack of vision due to swelling and he put in a man of the match performance to aid the team to the aforementioned clean sheet.

"It was a tough game for Muzza and Mirf tonight," said Alexander.

"Josh Magennis is a big threat and is a very big physical presence and a quality player. I thought they dealt with him really well and it's the best those two lads have played for a while. 

"They were superb along with the whole team. That's what it takes - a full team with full commitment to win at any level and what we saw tonight was the team going all out to make sure that we took something from the game."

See much more from Graham Alexander, Murray Wallace and Neal Bishop on The Iron PlayerHD.

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