GRAHAM Alexander blasted an ‘unrealistic’ Easter schedule as his Fleetwood side conceded a late equaliser at Southend.
The fixture was Town’s second in less than 48 hours – the lunchtime kick off giving Fleetwood little time for recovery after Saturday’s battling draw with Gillinhgam.
But Fleetwood got off to a dream start, Alan Goodall heading them into the lead with just 90 seconds on the clock.
Town hung on to their advantage to the 86th minute when Barry Corr struck a late blow.
Alexander said: “I think we deserved to be more than one goal ahead at half time. We created plenty of opportunities and could easily have had the game sewn up.
“Then on the hour mark the lads ran out if steam because of the fixtures being less than 48 hours apart with a long trip thrown in.
“The emphasis all of a sudden was on them, they had the momentum.
“Even so we are disappointed with how we’ve conceded, we could have defended it better.”
Alexander was concerned by the short time between the weekend’s games, Southend having had an extra day to recover from their Good Friday action.
“I’m proud of the lads,” he said. “I think we know we could have kept control of the game better but these are difficult circumstances, outside our control.
“I’m not one to make excuses but the two games in less than 48 hours gave us little time.
“It’s unrealistic in the modern game.”
The substitution of Jamille Matt was a turning point in the game – Town losing their target man and greatest attacking threat.
Alexander said: “He has played that role for us in three games straight and we knew it was asking a lot of him.
“We wanted to give him five minutes after the break but you could see the lad was on empty.”