Grezza lays into ‘poor show’

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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander slammed his team for a ‘nonexistent’ first half display as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at Burton.

Billy Kee’s 24th minute goal decided the tie - the striker bagging his second against Town in 10 days having found the net at Highbury to earn the replay.

But Alexander insisted his men only had themselves to blame for the 1-0 replay defeat - Gary Rowett’s Brewers earning the right to face Bournemouth in the third round.

“The first 45 minutes was nonexistent for us,” said Alexander.

“We didn’t compete, we didn’t ask questions of their back four, we brought problems on ourselves and we gave Burton a goal.

“That’s how I see it.

“Second half we upped the tempo and competed.

“That’s all we ask, day in day out.

“Players and teams are going to play indifferently, pass the ball better sometimes.

“But you can never come off that competitive edge and work rate and we’ve done that.”

“We’ve let ourselves down.”

And he pointed to Town’s previous two results as an example of what he expects.

The Fleetwood boss said: “The determination and the mindset from last Tuesday against Rotherham and last Saturday at Rochdale, that’s got to be the norm.

“That’s what gets success, teams who do this week in and week out.

“We play four or five games where we’re at it, we’re disciplined and we throw one in.”