GRAHAM Alexander will be banned from the touchline at Oxford United tomorrow after accepting a charge from the Football Association.

The Scunthorpe United boss accepted the standard punishment for using ‘abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official' after his side conceded three penalties in nine minutes to lose 3-2 at Gillingham.

Alexander, who was also fined £1,000 must serve the punishment immediately, so will have to watch from the stands at the Kassam Stadium.

His side arrive with renewed confidence, though.

The Iron have spent the vast majority of the season in Sky Bet League One’s automatic promotion places.

But a nine-game winless run threatened to see them drop out of the play-offs, until Matt Crooks’s 93rd-minute strike which earned a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.

It will see them arrive at Oxford United within touching distance of the top two again and boss Alexander hopes it was a turning point.

He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “It is a big win and been a long time coming, so to get it in the fashion we did, we have to use it in a positive sense and build on it.

“We will do our best in the last eight games to give us the best chance of winning points because in the second half when we committed to the game we were very good.”