Alexander questions certain players’ commitment after Doncaster draw

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Graham Alexander reserved praise for only a handful of the players that featured in last night’s 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Liam Mandeville’s first half strike was cancelled out by a debut goal after the break for the impressive Clayton Lewis, in the games only goals.

Due to the format of the Checkatrade Trophy, despite the draw ensuring a top spot finish for United, both sides had to partake in a pointless penalty shoot-out – which was won by Rovers.

“We wanted to top the group and I felt the first two games and two wins gave us a good lead. We wanted to come here and not just win the game and top the group, but put on a performance,” Alexander said in his post-match interview.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think we did that – we were expecting better and didn’t quite get to the level of performance we needed to win a game outright over 90 minutes.

“That’s a little bit disappointing for me because it’s an opportunity for players who are not playing to put on a display to show what they can do. I can’t think of too many who did that.

Clayton Lewis impressed on his debut

“I’m not putting the blanket over the lot of them because half of them approached it right, but that’s not enough to win a game of football. Every time the players pull on the shirt, I want to see a performance.

“You’re representing yourself as a man and a professional, and anything less than your best isn’t good enough.”


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