MICKY Mellon blasted a below-par performance from his Fleetwood side, as they suffered a second home defeat of the season at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers, writes ROB STOCKS.
A goal from on-loan Portuguese forward Bruno Andrade after just nine minutes was enough to settle the match, Fleetwood struggling to create chances against a resurgent Wycombe side.
The Chairboys have now won three consecutive games under caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth, but Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon insisted his players were the architects of their own downfall.
He said: “There are a lot of players out there who haven’t taken part, or hit the levels that we would expect.
“We didn’t pass the ball well.
“I don’t think we were anywhere near imaginative enough in the final third.
“We gave it away too cheaply and allowed them to counter-attack. All over the place I think we weren’t good enough.
“It was a good early goal, but we didn’t react enough.
“It didn’t galvanise us, get us angry or get us upset, which maybe has to happen if you’re going to kickstart yourself.
“Too many players have accepted it, and waited for somebody else to spark us.
“That never happened today.
“I’m very disappointed.”
Jamie Milligan, Jon Parkin and Steven Gillespie all came on as second-half substitutes, but Mellon said the changes had done little to lift Fleetwood’s performance.
“Everything we tried to get going, nothing really went for us,” he added. “You can’t put your finger on it if people don’t play with fire and passion.
“We got a few chances late on, but they were nowhere near what we’d usually see, and we’ll admit that. When we play well we’re the first 0to pat each other on the back and we have to be honest about this too.
“We’ll now have to try and recover from that.”
The absence of Fleetwood’s passing game was of particular concern to the manager.
He said: “We didn’t pass the ball nearly enough.
“I don’t want to watch my team not passing it well.”
Fleetwood have a chance to bounce back next Saturday, when they host early strugglers AFC Wimbledon at Highbury.
Mellon said: “We’ll get a good week’s training in, watch the DVDs and work out what we need to do. We’ve got to take poor performances on the chin, and we’ll be looking to get back on track.”