Professional pride drove Fleetwood Town’s stars into a changing room row following their victory over Torquay United, revealed keeper Scott Davies.
Town conceded at the death against Alan Knill’s Gulls, Elliott Benyon’s strike taking a little of the gloss off Saturday’s 4-1 win.
Boss Graham Alexander was happy to see his players’ display of anger after the final whistle – a sign he believes of Town’s determination.
Davies backed up his manager’s view.
He said: “For that to happen right at the end, when we’d given so little away, was a kick. We want to be the best we can.
“It was a dent to our professional pride because we wanted to keep that clean sheet. Yes there was a bit of a row. It was probably me who started it.
“But it’s only because we’re so determined to be at our best. It’s good that the lads are angry to concede.”
And Davies wants to see the back four learn from each and every mistake they make.
He said: “We’ve aired a few differences but the important thing is we don’t make the errors again.
“We all want to learn from what happens in every game we play.
“In this case we’ve gone from a chance in their six-yard box to conceding at the other end.
“That can’t happen and the lads know that, and it’s why they were so fired up.”
Antoni Sarcevic, whose first half double saw Town on the road to victory, joked that there might have been another reason for the back four to be upset.
He told The Gazette: “I walked in and the lads were rowing. I don’t know why.
“But it’s good that one goal upsets us like that.
“I think it was the defenders more than the keeper – they might have been thinking about their bonuses, that’s why.”
The win over Torquay moved Fleetwood up to fourth spot, four points behind leaders Chesterfield.
The Spireites continued their blistering start to the campaign with a 1-0 victory against rock-bottom Accrington Stanley.
Davies believes the table is now taking shape and Town are just where they want to be ahead of another home fixture against Bury this weekend.
He said: “We’ve got ourselves up there, in and around where we want to be. You probably look at the table after 10 games and see it shaping up.
“We’ve made a good start and we’re looking now to stay in and around where we are.
“After 10 games you probably know who the challengers are going to be.
“We’ll have a look then and take stock.
“Then it’s a case of looking after every run of five games up to Christmas.
“After that we’ll take it each match at a time.
“But we’re in a healthy position right now. We just need to make sure we stay there.”
A second home game in succession gives Fleetwood a chance to cement their place among the promotion pack.
Davies said: “From two home games we have to target six points.
“You can’t go into the game believing any less.”