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Alexander happy with Murray Wallace at left back

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Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander has admitted that he has been extremely happy with the performances of Murray Wallace since the Iron defender took up a new position on the left hand side of the Iron’s defence.

Wallace was a surprise inclusion at left back in the 3-2 win over Oldham at Boundary Park at the end of October, but has made the position his own despite left back Conor Townsend returning from injury and youngster Lewis Butroid impressing earlier in the campaign.

The Scot has been part of a relatively mean Iron defence which contributed to back to back wins over promotion rivals Bradford and Charlton and Alexander hinted that a defence including Murray Wallace, Cameron Burgess and Rory McArdle is unlikely to change any time soon.

“I don’t like chopping and changing and I don’t think it gives players confidence unless you have to do it because of performances”, Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“He (Wallace) has been excellent and gives us everything we need from that position.

“He is enjoying it and we saw that in the first two or three games he played there.

“You have seen even at centre half Murray enjoys stepping out from the back four and joining in play but sometimes I felt that left us a little bit vulnerable

“Playing at full back has allowed him to do that knowing he has the security of two centre halves behind him and possibly a holding midfield player so he can really let shackles go and join in.

“There are still bits to improve on and he came up himself with the points with what he needs to do but I feel he has added to the results in the last six to eight weeks.

Alexander also added he was reluctant to include Townsend too quickly due to his injury record.

“We have always got the option of Conor but the only thing that has held him back is injuries,” he said.

“We know we have got a good footballer in Conor but he has had issues of being in and out of the team with injury.

“I wanted to get to a consistent selection of players who can play week in and week out and not break down.

 

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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