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Alexander: Iron need to build on Peterborough win against Oldham

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Graham Alexander has challenged his side to build on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Peterborough United when they face a resurgent Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park this weekend.

Oldham are in great form and are unbeaten in seven games under their new boss Richie Wellens, but Iron boss Alexander believes the win over Peterborough has taken a bit of pressure off his side.

“It has been difficult and there has been the weight of expectation and pressure because of our recent run of results,” Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“But what I’ve seen over the past 16 or 17 months is that our side can dig deep and come out the other side and that is a great trait to have.

“We realise where we can improve and that is what we will work on.

“But you never gain anything if you don’t have a strong mentality. We have shown that on numerous occasions and think we will need it on numerous occasions this season.”

Despite their recent blip, Scunthorpe travel to Lancashire level on points with Blackburn in 6th place and Alexander stressed that his team are still a force to be reckoned with in League One.

“We have constantly tried to keep a bit of perspective on everything,” he continued. “We are still a good team.

“We haven’t played as well as we have done for the last two games but there are reasons for that but coming off the pitch on Saturday there were a lot of happy lads and it was a good changing room to be in for the first time in a couple of weeks.

“We have to build on that now. There is no point keeping our fingers crossed hoping it does, we need to make sure we put the work in to make sure it happens.”

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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