Alexander: Too many defeats but Fleetwood can still be successful

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander admits his side have suffered too many defeats but insists they can still be successful this season.

Alexander, despite the crisis in his camp, was clear on the issue of Town’s 11th defeat of the campaign.

“It’s too many defeats for our liking,” he said. “But we’re still right up there, it’s not too many defeats to be successful.”

“For the quality we’ve got in the squad it is too many but it hasn’t killed us for this season.

“But yes, it is a problem. We have to make sure we come to places like this and don’t get beaten.”

A lacklustre first half display, not helped by a complete change at full back thanks to illness, put Fleetwood on the back foot.

Matty Hughes inspired a second half rally but Town couldn’t find an equaliser, despite Jon Parkin hitting the post.

“The first 20 minutes we were OK,” said Alexander.

“We got into some good positions but didn’t really trouble the keeper. It was a solid away performance. We gave a very poor goal away, free header, corner, and lost our way for the remainder of the first half.

“We changed it at half time, gradually grew into it, bossed the second half and just needed a goal. But in that first half we didn’t test the keeper , we didn’t make the right decisions at the right time and the goal put us on the back foot from nothing. We lost our composure.”

The silver lining of Town’s defeat was the performance of 19-year-old Matty Hughes who replaced Alan Goodall at half time and inspired much of the second half fightback.

Alexander insisted the youngster, signed from Evo Stik League Skelmersdale in January, had been the best man on the pitch.

He said: “Matty Hughes came on and did really well.

“He was the best player on the park in the second half.

“He’s shown the composure we needed and has led the way for our team. He came on with the right attitude, he was brave on the ball and showed good effort.”