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WE WANT TO PUT RIGHT WHAT WAS WRONG

14 February 2017

United manager Graham Alexander states his players are more than eager to deliver a strong performance and result in their encounter with Walsall on Tuesday night.

Saturday saw the Iron slip to a narrow 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Shrewsbury Town - their first in the league at Glanford Park since December 2015.

However, Alexander says the frustration has been put to bed, and added all attention is now centred on returning to winning ways against the Saddlers.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Alexander said: “We want to put right what was wrong on Saturday.

“We were disappointed with the result and performance.

“Sometimes it can go against you, but we have to focus on this game, and that’s what we’re doing.

“Because of one bad result we don’t become a bad team overnight - I’ve never believed that.

“We’ve got lots of good players, they’re motivated in the right way. Just sometimes it can go against you, and that’s what I feel has happened."

Alexander is expecting no favours from Jon Whitney’s side though, but declared it’s up to his squad to take the game to their opponents.

“Everyone’s got something to play for at this stage of the season, and it’s up to us to overcome those challenges,” declared Alexander.

“This will be another tough game, without a shadow of a doubt - Walsall are a good team.

“I want to see bravery and courage from the players to get on the ball.

“They’re a great group of lads, and I’m not going to throw anything in the dustbin because of two negative results.

“We’re better than that, and we’re looking to show that.”

In terms of available personnel, the United boss revealed everyone came through the weekend’s match unscathed.

There were more positives on the injury front also, with Alexander speaking of his delight that both David Mirfin and Paddy Madden haven’t suffered any after-effects of their respective layoffs.

Alexander revealed: “Everyone’s fit, like they were on Saturday.

“There were the usual after-match bumps and bruises, but everyone was desperate to play in this game.

“That’s the great thing I see from the players - I see no one shying away.

“Matt Crooks was ill over the weekend, also Jordan Clarke and Sam Mantom are still with the medical team.

“It was a positive from the game that Mirf (David Mirfin) played the whole match with no ill-effects.

“Paddy (Madden) getting half an hour was a major bonus, because he’s been out for a while, and we’re still getting him up to full fitness.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Murray Wallace and Duane Holmes on The Iron PlayerHD.

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