GRAHAM Alexander says naming an unchanged City team at Grimsby would have been “irresponsible”.

Alexander dropped Jamie Walker to the bench for yesterday’s 1-1 draw to add the extra height of centre half Jon Tomkinson.

Daniel Oyegoke, who had been filling the American’s role during his international absence, was moved into central midfield.

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Walker came on midway through the second half and the subs all played a big part in City’s late improvement to grab a stoppage-time point.

Alexander explained that the Scot’s initial omission after the Good Friday win over Tranmere was a move to counter Grimsby’s more physical threat with another tall defender.

He said: “We could have kept the exact same team in the hope they could expend exactly the same energy in such a short period.

“We look at each individual in terms of whether they are coming back from injury or not played in a while.

“Bobby (Pointon) has not played for a while, Jamie’s come back from injury and there are a few others like Dan.

“It was one where I could have made no changes or changed four or five. But I felt that would have been too many to replicate the performance from Friday.

“I just felt we needed a little bit more energy but also the biggest chances we conceded on Friday were from set-pieces.

“We were a relatively small team and that was the only way we were going to concede. There were a couple of opportunities for Tranmere from set-pieces.

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“We knew Grimsby had a big threat from those and from long throws, which turned out to be the case. They can throw it into the box from 40-50 yards away and we had to combat that.

“We just needed to make sure we could match them with at least another physical player. That’s why I brought JT back into it.

“Putting the same team out, even though I knew there was a weakness from set-pieces, would have been irresponsible of me.

“We came to win the game and that was always my first thought.”