Alexander: We shot ourselves in the foot

Steven Schumacher clashes with Burton's Robbie Weir
Steven Schumacher clashes with Burton's Robbie Weir
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is calling for improvements at the back after his side took a first half hammering.

Alexander was delighted with the way Town almost battling back in the second half, but left reeling by the result.

He said: “Ultimately we’ve been beaten, so I’m left with a feeling of disappointment.

“I don’t think we did ourselves any favours in the first half. We shot ourselves in the foot.

“It was a fantastic response second half. We really took the game to them and we were unlucky not to get an equaliser.

“But if you don’t give away cheap goals, you don’t put yourself in that position in the first place. I think we could have scored before they did, but the manner of the goals conceded was poor.

“We didn’t get too high after winning the first two games and we won’t get too low on the back of this.

“We have to learn our lessons – and there are some – out of what has happened. We have to take that into our training next week and into the games.”

Alexander hailed the impact of substitutes, Gareth Evans and Jamille Matt, but recognised also the step up in effort from the rest of the men on the pitch.

“When you make substitutions you hope for an impact,” he said.

“Gaz Evans and Jamille Matt did really well. There was a tempo rise from the rest of the boys as well.

“We had a chat at half time about what makes us a good team and I think in the second half we showed we are.”

After a bright start, Town had been made bookmakers favourites to take the League Two title.

But Alexander knows it won’t all be plain sailing for his new-look squad.

He said: “I’ve been telling people all along, we’ve won our first few games, we’ve won a few in pre-season, but we’ll get a kick in the wotsits along the way. It’s about how you respond to it and we have to respond in the right way..

“What the first half shows is we can’t gift good teams a three goal lead.”

Alexander insisted his men should have known how to handle the wild weather.

“It’s hard from the side to judge the conditions,” he admitted.

“As professionals you have to take things into account, you have to play to the conditions, the pitch, the opponents and I’d like to think we’ve got enough experience in the team to do that.”