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14 February 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander drew on the positives after his side drew against Walsall at Glanford Park.

The game, which ended 0-0, had few clearcut chances, as both sides tried to seize the initiative, without quite being able to break the deadlock.

Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “We were obviously looking for three points and we haven’t managed to do that but we have to take the positives.

“We were better than we have been in the last couple of games, we kept a clean sheet and it’s a case of slowly building up our performance level again to make sure we go to the next one with a positive attitude.

“We’ve conceded too many goals lately, even in games we’ve won. We want to score goals and win games but the goals we’ve given away have been cheap for us so to get a clean sheet was important tonight.

“Obviously we were looking to win the game and we haven’t managed to do that tonight so there’s a tinge of frustration, but the players have got to be strong in their belief about what we’ve done this season.

“We’re still in a fantastic position to grasp this opportunity that we’ve created.”

The clean sheet was Scunthorpe’s first in seven matches and arrived on goalkeeper Luke Daniels’ 100th start for the club.

Having made a couple of decent stops, Alexander was keen to praise his number one and also touched on the need to balance a strong defensive display with attacking threat at the other end.

“I remember one in the first-half from a header which was made at an important time,” he continued.

“And then there was another towards the end when we were committing bodies forward as we were looking to win the game and they caused us problems.

“Walsall have got a good team, they have a very strong away record and it was a difficult game for us.

“You could see the effort the players were putting in but we just need to make the right decisions at the right time in terms of game management. It’s part of the learning process for us as a group of players and staff.

“It got a bit scruffy in the second-half, our shape went a bit loose and we were open but that’s going to happen at home sometimes because we want to commit bodies and win games.

“We need to marry up the balance of being strong defensively and carrying that threat.”

Alexander highlighted that the side still find themselves in a good position with 15 League One games remaining this season.

Next on the itinerary for United is a top of the table trip to Sheffield United on Saturday, which promises to be another closely contested fixture.

The boss added: “We’ve scored a lot of goals this season and sometimes you go through a little dry patch. We just need a little bit of luck to help us stick one over the line and win a scruffy game 1-0.

“I’m going to take the positives out of tonight. The clean sheet, another point on our tally and we’re still in a fantastic position.

“There’s still a great opportunity for the club to show what we’re about and we’ve got 15 games left to win as many points as possible.

“It’s about keeping your focus and that’s what we’re going to do. I think most people would have taken where we are at this stage of the season and we’re here for a reason.

“We’re a good team, we’ve got good players and we’re just going through a sticky patch at the moment so we’ve got to stay strong and make sure we come out of it at the other side.

“We need that sort of backing, we need them to be vocal and supportive (the fans at Sheffield United) and I’m glad we’re taking a really good number.

“We’re going to need it because it’s a tough place to go and try to win a game but that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

See much more from Graham Alexander and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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