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Alexander provides reaction to Millwall loss

1 April 2017

Iron boss Graham Alexander says it was disappointing not to build on last weekend’s victory over Bradford City with another against Millwall.

The visitors were beaten 3-1 at the Den and, assessing the game as a whole, Alexander felt his players could have taken something positive out of the fixture.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “After the start we made, we just needed to take an opportunity to equalise, which would have given us a foothold back in the game.

“We were trying our hardest to not give cheap opportunities or goals away and, apart from that, there was nothing in the first half.”

Alexander highlighted the opportunities Scunthorpe manufactured throughout the 90 minutes, but stated it’s a case of being more clinical moving forward. 

“We had enough chances and possession to create those moments,” Alexander explained.

“In fact we probably created the better opportunities, but the game is about scoring goals and not conceding.

“We have to do better in both boxes if we want to win games of football. 

“We did that last week, we haven’t done that this week, and we have to go into next week’s game determined to put both things right.

“It’s another challenge for us, another tough game, but another opportunity for us to win three points.”

Four changes were made to the United side which started the encounter with the Bantams on Sunday, and Alexander provided an update on the current injury situation.

He confirmed along with Charlie Goode, both Luke Daniels and Tom Hopper will miss the remainder of the campaign.

“Luke Daniels, Jordan Clarke, Scott Wiseman, Tom Hopper, on top of Kevin van Veen and Sam Mantom, were all out today,” he declared.

“That was why we made the changes, and why we had the young lads on the bench. 

“I think Luke (Daniels) will miss the rest of the season - he’s got a broken rib.

“That was one we found out on Tuesday, which was difficult and Joe (Anyon) had a problem at the start of the week as well.

“Tom Hopper won’t be with us for the rest of the season either - he’s got a stress fracture of his shin.

“Charlie Goode, Luke Daniels and Tom Hopper are three definite absentees for the rest of the season.”

Duane Holmes also missed today’s clash due to a family bereavement, with Alexander explaining the American’s situation.

“That was why he missed out last week,” Alexander revealed.

“We unfortunately missed Duane, but we understand that situation - it’s about his family."

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