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DELIGHTED WITH THE THREE POINTS

7 January 2017

United manager Graham Alexander hailed his players following the 3-2 win over Bury at Glanford Park.

Harry Toffolo and Stephen Dawson put Scunthorpe two goals to the good early on before George Miller’s deflected strike brought the visitors back in it.

Josh Morris added a third as half-time approached and whilst Kelvin Etuhu did pull another back, that was how things remained.

Happy, first and foremost, to have secured the victory, Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “I’m delighted with the three points and the win.

“It was a tough game, as we expected, but after being 3-1 up at half-time I think we could have seen the game out in a more composed way.

“Bury have got good players with a lot of experience and they put us under the cosh a bit in the second-half and committed bodies forward as you can when you’re chasing the game.

“Overall we deserved the three points and we’re delighted to win another game.

“Their squad is generally the same that was at the top end of the table when we first played them and we know they’re a good side.

“In the second-half it proved to be a really tough game, after our first-half performance had continued on from the previous two games.

“We passed the ball really well early on however, we caused them all sorts of problems and we were really solid at the back.

“It’s just the game management side that we have to get better at. We’re a young team and we just need to take a lesson from each game about managing the pressure we’re under but we got the three points that the players deserved.”

Toffolo and Dawson both bagged for the first time in Iron colours to set United on their way and Morris’ free-kick, his second in as many games, now takes him to 17 in all competitions for the season.

Thrilled to have extended full-back Toffolo’s loan, Alexander was also pleased to see both him and the skipper net their maiden strikes in claret and blue.

“Toffs didn’t train on Friday as he was down at Norwich but I got a phone call yesterday morning telling me that he was available to come straight back to us,” he continued.

“It was too late for him to take part in training so we prepared without him but he just slotted straight back in because he’s been here for a while and knows how we want to play.

“I’m delighted for him to get his goal, it was a great strike and it was also a fantastic move for the second.

“Kev (van Veen) has done great in the build-up and Daws made one of those runs he makes from midfield before what was a fantastic finish.

“It’s great for him because he epitomises the spirit and team ethic about this squad.

“He deserved that goal and I’m delighted for him. It was a fantastic finish and gave us a nice little cushion.”

Striker Craig Davies made his debut as a substitute during the second-half after penning a deal with Scunthorpe until the end of the season.

Happy with the addition to his team, Alexander expressed his delight to get Davies through the door whilst also issuing an update on Paddy Madden, who missed out against the Shakers through injury.

The manager added: “I spoke to Craig at the start of the season but he’d suffered a broken toe so we couldn’t do anything then.

“He’s one I’ve kept an eye on because he’s got a lot of experience. I think he’ll help the other strikers and help the rest of the team as he did today.

“We’re delighted to have him on-board until the end of the season and I’m sure he’ll do good things for us.

“Paddy hurt his groin in the last 10 minutes of the game against Peterborough and hasn’t trained since.

“I don’t think it’s too serious so hopefully we’ll get him back to full fitness as soon as possible.

“It’s not a major one so it could mean he’s out for a couple of weeks but I don’t know and I don’t want to speak out of term before the physios have had a proper look at him so we’ll see how that goes.”

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