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Alexander applauds team

16 September 2013

Back-to-back home wins

Graham Alexander applauded his side that produced back-to-back home wins following Saturday result against Bury.  It was a third straight victory after the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at Tranmere which setup a home tie against holders Crewe.

The style of the two home wins were in contrasting fashion with Town leading from the front against Torquay a week ago but finding themselves on the wrong end of a 28th minute strike from Tom Soares. 

The Town manager took many positives from the first half despite the setback.

“I was extremely proud of the lads even when we were a goal down at half-time. I thought they were fantastic in the first half. The play, the positive interchanges were all there apart from that important break. 

“We conceded a poor goal from our point of view and could of gone two down as well.” 

Alexander singled out defending during his half-time team talk and called for more intensity. 

“Controlled aggression in the back four takes some of the pressure away from further up the field. We just needed to be patient as the second half got underway.

“Bury have a great work ethic but we didn’t need to hurry.”

Junior Brown sent a free-kick against the post just before a goal of the day contender from Antoni Sarcevic seven minutes after the restart. 

“The goal from Sarcevic was out of this world. The power and accuracy made it a goal good enough to win any game. It handed us the momentum and we took the second (goal). Junior is a great threat on goal and it’s only a matter of time before he scores. 

“Gaz (Evans) produced a fantastic finish and that helped us manage the Bury pressure towards the end.”

Graham Alexander’s full interview is available on the Cod Army Player.

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