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Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander praises team after 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe United

27 January 2014

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander was full of praise for his side after they drew 0-0 at Sky Bet League 2 leaders Scunthorpe United.

The visitors bossed the game for long spells and were only denied the win they needed by a brilliant second-half penalty save by Scunthorpe keeper Sam Slocombe, who turned away Steven Schumacher's well-struck spot kick.

But at the opposite end it took an equally fine first-half save by Fleetwood keeper Scott Davies to deny Scunthorpe's leading goalscorer Sam Winnall his 15th goal of the season.

"We have a disappointed dressing room in there, but really the lads have no need to be," said Alexander.

"We have just completed two diffficult away games and come away with four points - so we have got to be really happy with that.

"Scunthorpe are a good team, who have been on a very good run and we are disappointed not to have come away with all three points.

"A lot of individuals have contributed to a fantastic team performance out there.

"We have been striving for consistency of results and performances and have had a good January. We are now five matches unbeaten.

"There is still a long way to go, but if we approach every game like we did here then I'm sure we will be all right."

Fleetwood would have gone top if they had converted their 61st-minute penalty award when Charlie Taylor went down in the box under a challenge from winger Terry Hawkridge.

"It's just a pity that Steven (Schumacher) could not convert it, but I missed a few penalties myself as a player, so I'm not blaming him," Alexander added.

Scunthorpe's unbeaten run since new manager Russ Wilcox first took charge stretched to 12 games as they were held to a third successive draw.

"Credit to Fleetwood, I think they are the best team we have played all season," said Wilcox.

"We have certainly had to work harder than we have had before when we have been without the ball.

"It was a difficult game for us. We had to dig in at times, but at times I thought we also played some good football.

"I thought the game was a great advert for League Two football.

"I enjoyed it and I think the neutral would have been able to see why both teams are at the top end of the table.

"Both teams set their stall out to win it, you could see that.

"I know we have not managed to score now in our last two home games, but I want my team to go out and play attacking and entertaining football.

"There were 12 goals in the two games on Saturday involving us and Fleetwood and it was a surprise to me that this game failed to

produce a goal."

Wilcox was full of praise for goalkeeper Slocombe for his vital penalty save.

"I thought it was a 'soft' modern-day penalty," said Wilcox.

"There was minimal contact, their player has made a meal of it and the referee has fallen for it.

"I think justice was done when Sam saved it. I think that's four penalties on t he bounce now that he has saved.

"It capped a good night for him on what was his 100th appearance for the club."

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