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DISAPPOINTED WITH RESULT BUT NOT PERFORMANCE

2 January 2017

United manager Graham Alexander says he couldn’t fault his side’s display, as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Peterborough at Glanford Park.

Josh Morris’ excellent first-half free kick had put Alexander’s team ahead, but an unfortunate late own goal from Charlie Goode ensured a share of the spoils.

The Iron boss though, saw plenty of positives.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD after the game, Alexander said: “I’m disappointed with the result, but not the performance, because I thought we played some really good stuff today.

“We committed to the game as much as we could, but Peterborough defended extremely well in front of their goal, with some incredible blocks and clearances off the line.

“We cut Peterborough apart at times, and they’re a good team. We created more chances than in games we’ve scored a lot of goals in.

“We have to take it on the chin again, and go again.”

Alexander did feel however that a second goal would have secured the points but, at the same time, he praised the effort and endeavour shown by those out on the field.

“When you’re 1-0 up you need that extra goal sometimes, to make the result safe,” he explained.

“It’s not fell for us today, but the performance from the players (after such a quick turnaround from Bolton) was absolutely superb.

“They deserved more I felt from the 90 minutes, and that can be the case from the last two games really.

“You have to take them (chances), and you have to give Peterborough credit for the defenders’ blocks on the line.”

The United manager also paid tribute to goalscorer Morris, who he says was terrific in both an attacking and defensive sense.

The 25-year-old played in slightly unfamiliar territory following illness to left-back Harry Toffolo, and Alexander felt Scunthorpe’s top marksman acquitted himself superbly.

“It was a fantastic time to score, and it was deserved,” he stated.

“I thought we went close on numerous occasions, and it was a great free kick again from Josh (Morris).

“He knew exactly where he wanted to put it, and it was great technique.

“Josh played out of position today, due to Toffs (Harry Toffolo) falling ill this morning. I know Josh can do a good job there, and he certainly did today.

“It wasn’t just an attacking performance from Josh, I thought his defensive duties were superb.

“He knows how we want to defend, he’s an intelligent player. He did great against a very difficult opponent.”

That change in the starting line-up saw Duane Holmes and Kevin van Veen also come into the team, with captain Stephen Dawson being rested.

“I just felt we had to freshen the team,” he revealed.

“We of course brought Duane (Holmes) and Kev (van Veen) in. Sam Mantom’s got great energy and, if I didn’t use the squad wisely, I think I’d be doing the whole team a disservice.”

See much more from Graham Alexander, Josh Morris and Jordan Clarke on The Iron PlayerHD.

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