Alexander urges fans to keep faith

David Ball tries to find a way through a well-organised Scunthorpe defence

David Ball tries to find a way through a well-organised Scunthorpe defence

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Graham Alexander urged Fleetwood fans to keep the faith after a deflected goal consigned them to a second consecutive defeat for the first time this season.

Alexander had a clear message for dissenting voices in the stands.

He said: “You’ve got to stick with it. That’s football.

“You have to be careful that you don’t think everything’s going to go your way all the time.It’s the worst thing you can think.

“We have to work hard at everything we get. We have to earn everything.

“Nobody is going to come here, roll over and die. You have to go out and take it.

“We’ve got to keep working hard. I’ve been in football for a long time.

“There’ve been low points over the years.

“But I’ve always come back and made sure I put in the right response and that’s what we are going to do.”

The Fleetwood boss was left frustrated by another night of missed chances and wasted possession.

And he believes his side created enough to take three points.

“It was a game we should have won, “ said Alexander.

“We didn’t take chances we created. We hit the post early doors, and we conceded a massively deflected goal.

“I can’t think of Scott Davies having any other saves to make all night.

“We huffed and puffed at times but we still got into good positions, we created good attacking chances.

“But we didn’t have that little bit of luck you need or that little bit of quality you need and we rue that as over 90 minutes we haven’t scored and that cost us.”

He was left bitterly frustrated by Brian Laws defensive approach, but admitted it was to be expected from visiting sides.

He said: “To be fair before Saturday’s game Scunthorpe had the best defensive record in the division. We knew they were going to be compact, get behind the ball.

“For me they haven’t done enough to win the game.”