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Alexander disappointed with players following Doncaster Trophy draw

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Iron boss Graham Alexander admitted he was disappointed with a number of his players following last night’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The Iron came from behind to claim a point with debutant Clayton Lewis netting early in the second half to cancel out Liam Mandeville’s opener, however Rovers claimed a bonus point by winning the penalty shoot out 3-2.

The penalty shoot out victory for the hosts was not enough to topple Scunthorpe at the top of the table, but Alexander said his players did not put on the performance he was expecting.

“We wanted to top the group and I felt the first two games and two wins gave us a good lead. We wanted to come here and not just win the game and top the group, but put on a performance,” Alexander told the press.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think we did that – we were expecting better and didn’t quite get to the level of performance we needed to win a game outright over 90 minutes.

“That’s a little bit disappointing for me because it’s an opportunity for players who are not playing to put on a display to show what they can do. I can’t think of too many who did that.

“I’m not putting the blanket over the lot of them because half of them approached it right, but that’s not enough to win a game of football. Every time the players pull on the shirt, I want to see a performance.”

“You’re representing yourself as a man and a professional, and anything less than your best isn’t good enough.”

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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