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Alexander reacts to 3-0 win at Northampton

18 November 2017

Manager Graham Alexander was delighted with his team after they won 3-0 away at Northampton Town in League One on Saturday.

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Report: Northampton Town 0-3 Iron

18 November 2017

Second-half goals from Cameron Burgess and Duane Holmes (two) sealed an impressive victory at Sixfields Stadium, which saw Scunthorpe move up to fourth in Sky Bet League One.

After the game, Alexander provided his reaction to iFollow Iron.

ON THE GAME AS A WHOLE...
GA:
The first 20 minutes belonged to us and then there was an inbetween spell towards the end of the first-half where Northampton were the dominant team. We spoke at half-time about what we needed to do in the second-half and I felt from minute one we were on the front foot and aggressive in our play and decisions – really decisive and scored three goals. We’ve been looking for that clinical edge and need to continue that run of form, but we’re delighted to score three goals against Northampton. They’ve shown in the two games against them previously that they’re a tough nut to crack. The first goal was from a set-piece but the two finishes from Duane were sublime. It was a great result for us. We can all work on tactics, runs and positons but, when it comes down to it, the players have to take the initiative and show their quality. We had other chances to score. Duane had a fantastic chance in the first-half which the defender (David Buchanan) did great to block on the line. It was a fantastic performance and a continuation from Tuesday’s. We’re delighted to get three points and a clean sheet.

ON CAMERON BURGESS’ FIRST GOAL FOR THE CLUB…
GA:
We said when he came into the club we felt we had a real good asset at both ends of the pitch – to keep it out of the net at one end and score at the other. We’re delighted for him. He’s grown in the continual games and has got better and more in tune with what we want. We know what a good player he is.

"It was a fantastic performance and a continuation from Tuesday’s. We’re delighted to get three points and a clean sheet."

Graham Alexander, manager

ON HAKEEB ADELAKUN AND DUANE HOLMES’ IMPACT…
GA:
Hakeeb and Duane, in the second-half, were unplayable and very difficult for the Northampton defenders. They picked up great positions, showed great quality on the ball and really incisive play. We know what they’re capable of. We challenged them both to put back-to-back performances together and they certainly did that.

ON A FOURTH CLEAN SHEET IN SUCCESSION…
GA:
There were a couple of opportunities for them in the first-half which we need to be better at defending. We were a little bit wide open on those chances and that is something for us to look at. We have to improve on what we can, and we will do that over the next few days.

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📹 iFollow: Graham Alexander reacts to 3-0 league victory over Northampton Town

18 November 2017

ON SIMON CHURCH AND JOSH MORRIS MISSING OUT…
GA:
Simon and Josh are probably closest (out of the injured players) to being back involved but I think Tuesday (at Bradford) is too soon. They haven’t travelled with us today. They stayed in Scunthorpe with the medical team, so we’ll assess them on Monday and go through what we need to go through on Monday afternoon.

ON THE AWAY FOLLOWING…
GA:
I know they will be going back with smiles on their faces and happy that they’ve seen their team playing very good attacking football. Fortunately, we scored the three goals in front of them. The bond between the players and fans is important. I know the backing they’ll give us and we look forward to that at Bradford on Tuesday too. 

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