Alexander slams Dons penalty decision

Scott Davies picks the ball out of the Fleetwood net    Picture: DERICK THOMAS
Scott Davies picks the ball out of the Fleetwood net Picture: DERICK THOMAS
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander slammed a penalty decision and his team’s response following defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons were handed the lead four minutes before the break when Liam Hogan was judged to have handled in the area.

It was a body blow to Town who, up to that point, had bossed the game, rattling the woodwork and having a succession of chances cleared off the line.

Alexander was in no two minds about the spot kick.

He said: “We played well first half and made some good opportunities.

“There was a big scramble off the line just before they got the penalty.

“It was the same scenario as when we came here last season.

“Two cheap goals and a cheap penalty.

“I’ve got to be careful here, but it was the wrong decision.

“Simple as. It wasn’t a penalty, it’s supposed to be deliberate handball. That wasn’t deliberate, it wasn’t a penalty.”

“It’s wrong and I feel we wouldn’t have got it at the other end.”

From the re-start Town went on the attack but fell further behind to another freak goal, Luke Moore’s shot taking a huge deflection, Michael Smith nodding past a hesitant Scott Davies.

“You get kicked in the teeth twice,” said Alexander

“A big deflection lands on the big striker’s head and he manages to squeeze it in.

“It’s two goals in three minutes which is a kick.

“But as a group we have to respond better.

“I know how gutting it is when you play well and you get two goals against you and you think, how are we two down?

“I’ve been there as a player myself.

“You have to show the right response and we didn’t do that.”

Alexander vowed his side would learn from yet another Kingsmeadow defeat.