Alexander calls for caution after Stanley defeat

Charlie Taylor
Charlie Taylor

Graham Alexander insisted Fleetwood Town have to end their all-or-nothing approach to the game after last night’s defeat.

“We defended solidly, we created chances.

“Okay, we haven’t taken our chances but then you at least have to stay in the game.

“You have to take the draw, yes you rue the chances, but you take the draw.

“We’ve given a poor penalty away and after that we lost our way in our decision making and conceded another.

“After that we didn’t look like we were going to get one.

“It’s disappointing as up to the penalty, there was no way I could see us getting beaten.”

Alexander believes Fleetwood, who slid to fifth on the back of their defeat, have to start to find a balance in their game, even if it is at the expense of their attacking game.

“We are the top scorers in this division,” he said. “We’ve scored a lot of goals and won a lot of games but we’ve also conceded a lot. That’s the disappointing thing.

“We haven’t got that steeliness at the moment.”

It’s a tough target for Alexander to achieve, but with Town having conceded six in their last two outings, Alexander knows the inquest has to begin now.

He said: “We have to get that balance between attacking, trying to score and not giving cheap goals away.”

The game turned on a penalty decision, Charlie Taylor sending Peter Murphy tumbling.

But Alexander had no qualms over Oliver Langford’s decision

“It was a penalty,” he said. “He’s gone over someone’s legs. I didn’t see many players complaining and I’m pretty sure it is a penalty.”