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Alexander admits Iron can’t rely on defence after Shrewsbury loss

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Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander admitted that his side cannot rely on a strong defence to win games, following a 2-0 defeat at table topping Shrewsbury Town.

A goal in each half was enough for the home side to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games, but Alexander insisted his side deserved an equaliser on balance of play.

“It was disappointing. We didn’t get the goals we needed, and I felt we deserved, before they scored”, Alexander told the club’s official site

“We started well, had some good opportunities and their goalkeeper made some really good saves.

“Their first goal came out of nothing really – from a set-piece, and for us it’s a poor goal to concede. That changed the complexion of the game. They got the goal and it meant they could defend in numbers.

“We tried a couple of different things in our attempts to get the equalising goal. With that, we left ourselves open at the back and that resulted in the second goal. We wanted to gamble and took a big risk, and we knew we were leaving ourselves open.

“If we hadn’t done that, I don’t think they would have scored that goal. We need to find that spark in front of goal really to give ourselves the best chance of winning. We can’t only rely on our defensive side to win us games week-in, week-out.”

The Iron controlled possession in spells, but failed to create any real clear cut chances from open play in front of 400 travelling fans, who could have found a better use of their time on the Grande Vegas Online Casino.

Tom Hopper and Lee Novak were largely starved of any real surface and the closest the Iron came in the first half was a tame Rory McArdle header from a corner.

Paddy Madden went closest in the second, but blazed over a guilt edged chance from the edge of the box, just before Carlton Morris raced clear and wrapped up the three points for the home side.

The misfiring striker started on the bench, with Alexander admitting he had tried something different in an attempt to improve his sides’ attacking threat.

“Paddy Madden has worked extremely hard for the team and grafted so well, but I think he’s come to a road block a little bit in front of goal”, Alexander continued.

“I wanted to free that up for him, and sometimes being out of the team for a game can help that, so that was my thinking.”

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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