Graham Alexander slammed as sloppy his side’s first half display as Fleetwood Town’s unbeaten Highbury run was ended by Walsall.
“It’s very frustrating and disappointing,” he said.
“There’s the result, first and foremost, we didn’t want to lose the game. But the performance in the first half wasn’t good enough.
“The tempo we played at wasn’t great and we let Walsall dominate possession.
“They didn’t really have any chances apart from the goal, which we’ve defended very poorly.
“But they had the upper hand in possession comfortably, which is disappointing for us.
“Second half we’ve picked up the tempo, tried to force the issue and should have scored.”
Town’s players were sent out with their tails between their legs five minutes before kick off in the second half.
And Alexander revealed there hadn’t been any tactical discussions in the break, just a few home truths.
He told The Gazette: “There wasn’t much to say at half time. I just told them the truth.
“There wasn’t any tactical information to give out. We were playing at half pace and we had to pick it up. I thought the subs injected life into the team, gave us the lift we needed.
“We should have got a point in the game. But we didn’t deserve any more.
“You can’t play quite well for 30 minutes and expect to win against a good team.”
“We didn’t cause them enough problems, we let them dictate the play.
“You can’t blame formations or anything like that.
“If you don’t tackle, you don’t pass then you’ll get nowhere. It’s the basics.
“But we’ve been beaten once at home in nine months, that’s not a bad record. A lot has been said about it in the last couple of weeks and maybe that got to us.