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Alexander admits ‘the time for talking is over’ as Scunthorpe crash to defeat against Wigan

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander has told his players that the ‘time for talking is over’ as they crashed to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against 10-man Wigan Athletic.

The impressive Latics were much the better side and thoroughly deserved their win, despite having Lee Evans sent off early in the second half for a headbutt on Funso Ojo.

Dan Burn put the visitors ahead just after the break when he was allowed too much time to swivel and fire a rasping drive into the roof of the net and they doubled their lead mid way through the second half when Nick Powell capitalised on a calamitous defensive mix up between Rory McArdle and Murray Wallace.

“We’re severely disappointed because we didn’t play well enough from start to finish,” Alexander told the press.

“We gave two extremely poor goals away. That’s two weeks in succession we have done that.

“The second goal is just ridiculous. It is unexplainable. It was one of the poorest goals I’ve seen us concede, ever.

“We’re not doing enough as a team to carry giving goals away like that. If you’re going to concede the odd poor goal like that then you need to be scoring at the other end to ensure it doesn’t count towards the result, but we’re not creating enough as a team to get away with those sorts of mistakes.”

Alexander cut a visibly frustrated figure in the home dugout and suggested post match that he did not feel his side were fully committed to attacking the opposition and achieving a positive result.

“I can ‘feel’ us when we’re at it – the emotion of the team, every challenge. I know the difference between a challenge at 95 per cent and one at 100. I can also see the difference between a 95 per cent run and a 100 per cent one,” he continued.

“At the minute, we’re not fully committing to every action we do – that’s angles, passes, runs.

“We are almost over thinking things.

“I’m part of that team. I have to look at myself, have to look at our training, the team I picked, the tactics and the mentality of the team.

“We are all in it together and we have to find the answers ourselves to make sure we are better next week.

“The time for talking is finished. It is about actions.”

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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