Alexander: Church has made a great impression

Graham Alexander says striker Simon Church has made a great impression during his first few days at the club.

The former Reading man was lively in a short cameo and won the penalty that saw the Iron claim a late 2-1 win over Peterborough United at Glanford Park.

According to most Premier League betting apps the Iron were favourites to win on Saturday, but had looked to be heading for a defeat to an Andrew Hughes goal, before Lee Novak and a Josh Morris penalty turned the game on it’s head.

“We got a phone call at the start of the week saying that he was looking for a club,” Alexander told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“I spoke to him on Monday night and invited him to come and train with us on Thursday.

“He was more than willing to do it which told me a little about his motivation which was good. He was not just relying on what he had done in his back catalogue and wanted to show what he was about.

“He trained with us Thursday morning and I took him out on his own on Thursday afternoon to work with him. Physically and finishing wise he impressed in just one day.”

The Iron boss admitted it was a gamble to play Church, who has missed a year of football with a hip injury he suffered playing for Roda JC in Holland.

“It was a bit of a gamble to put him on the bench but we thought if there was 15 to 20 minutes to go and we needed a goal, he has got the experience and quality and felt he might give us something.”

“He had a part in the build up to the first goal and was back in the box for the cross and then he read the back pass, took a touch past the keeper who brought him down and that was the penalty that ultimately won us the game.

“If we can get him in those areas, he has got the quality to help us.

“It was a great introduction for him to everybody and hopefully it will continue.”

Church has signed a short term deal that will keep him at Glanford Park until January and whilst Alexander is aware the Welsh international desires to play at a higher level, he hopes that the move can be beneficial for both parties.

“He has played at a high level and he expects to play at a high level again.

“I’m not interested in his pedigree, I’m interested in his desire and motivation to come here and showcase what he can do.

“He showed that on Thursday just in training and in just one day and that was enough for us to go for it and see if we can help each other out.

“Hopefully we get best of him and help get him to where he wants to be.

“He has certainly made a very good impression in the three days he has been with us and hopefully that will be the case for the next couple of months.”

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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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