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Alexander disappointed with Toney following ‘unprofessional’ argument with Morris

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Graham Alexander admitted that he was disappointed with Ivan Toney following an on pitch disagreement with midfielder Josh Morris, over who would take a first half penalty in the 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

Scunthorpe were 1-0 up when they won a penalty just before half time but Toney and regular spot kick taker Josh Morris argued over who would take it and Morris’ eventual effort was saved easily by Henderson in the Shrewsbury goal.

“It’s unprofessional, if I’m being honest. Everyone knows who takes the penalties, everyone knows his record”, Alexander explained at full time.

“I spoke to Ivan straight after the game and told him my thoughts.

“Hopefully he learns from that type of incident because it just can’t happen again. There shouldn’t be an argument.

“We can only surmise whether it contributed to Josh having the penalty saved but it is the first one he hasn’t scored for us.

The Iron boss, who was a penalty taker himself, sympathised with Morris following the miss.

“I took penalties like that and I remember it happened to me once and I was not happy at all.

“When I see it happen elsewhere I think it looks terrible and I just hoped it would never happen with my team.

“It’s something that will never happen again”

Toney’s nightmare afternoon was complete when he gave away a penalty for Shrewsbury to net their winner with referee Salisbury adjudging that the on loan striker had tripped Nolan in the box.

“I thought it was a lazy challenge but a soft penalty. I didn’t think there was enough in to get a penalty, but it went against us and after that it was very difficult’, Alexander added.

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