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28 February 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander says he was naturally “disappointed” to see his side edged out by AFC Wimbledon at Glanford Park.

However, the boss vowed both he and his players will do everything possible to return to winning ways.

Second in League One, the Iron were beaten 2-1 by the Dons on Tuesday night, but Alexander knows the squad will continue to fight to turn their current run of form around.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “I’m of course disappointed.

“We’re going through a tough patch at the moment, and we’re not winning as many points as we’d have hoped or worked for.

“We were making small strides in the last few games, with two very good away draws.

“I’ve spoken about where we are at the moment as a group, I’ve spoken about what we did for the first six months of the season, and gave the players a bit of my experience of the game.

“I know when they’re going out there that it’s not through a lack of effort or lack of want - because they certainly want it.

“It’s about controlling that focus and that need to win into the right actions and the right decisions when we’re out on the pitch.”

Alexander’s sole attention is now on taking three points against Fleetwood Town, with the Cod Army visiting Glanford Park on Saturday.

“Everyone has gone through these spells, and that’s why the league positions are where they are,” he explained.

“We’re just going through our first poor patch of the season, and that’s why we’re still in a fantastic position.

“The only thing in our world at the moment is the next game.

“The bigger picture can look after itself. The only thing we need to focus on is winning the game on Saturday.”

The Scunthorpe boss made three changes going into the encounter with Neal Ardley’s side, and Alexander revealed two of the alterations were enforced.

“Sam (Mantom) unfortunately picked up a groin strain from Saturday’s game,” Alexander revealed.

“Levi (Sutton) really struggled physically towards the end of the game on Saturday, and if he’d have played tonight he might have picked up something.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Stephen Dawson on The Iron PlayerHD.

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