Boss stands by changes

Scott Davies captained the side
Scott Davies captained the side

GRAHAM Alexander defended his five changes as Fleetwood suffered last-minute heartbreak at Wycombe.

Anthony Stewart’s ninetieth minute goal handed the Chairboys all three points – a third defeat in four games another serious blow to Fleetwood’s promotion hopes.

But Alexander was adamant changes needed to be made at Adams Park.

He said: “We’d drawn one out of the last three games. What do you do? Do you stick with the team that hasn’t won for three games or bring in players who have won games before and believe in them? We had a good enough team out there to win that game.”

Fleetwood failed to take a number of good first half chances – Junior Brown, Gareth Evans and David Ball all coming close but unable to make their opportunities count. Alexander was angry at the way his side had performed in front of goal – believing Fleetwood should have come away with three points.

“I wouldn’t have been happy with a stalemate even,” he said “I thought we should have won the game, we’ve had enough chances to win the game.

“Coming off at 0-0 I would have been unhappy with that but losing in the last minute that’s massively disappointing and we have to go again next week.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose that game but we did things to encourage Wycombe and that was, in the end, our downfall.”

Town struggled to maintain their first half pressure, Alexander concerned his team let the Chairboys get a foothold on the game.

He said: “From half time we just had to repeat the performance and take our chances. We didn’t do that.

“We had little bursts where we still created opportunities but we did not sustain the pressure that we had. Defensively, ask the keeper if he’s made any saves, he hasn’t really. We’ve created chances we just haven’t scored.

“We score one of those and we control the game, we don’t, we don’t see the game out and we have to learn to do that. Football’s not just about playing nice stuff, at times I think we did, but it’s about having the know how to win games and I don’t think we had the know how today.”

Alexander was concerned his side lost control of the game. He said: “We encouraged Wycombe with certain bits of play which gave them momentum they hadn’t had for 70 or 75 minutes. That’s what I’m talking about when I talk about know how. You need to turn the pressure away from you. We didn’t do that. It’s our own fault because we didn’t stay in control of the game.”

And he refused to blame anything but his own team’s performance for the defeat.

“The conditions were not difficult, it wasn’t windy, it wasn’t raining, it wasn’t snowing. There’s nothing there to blame,” he said. “The pitch was a bit bobbly but it didn’t cost us the game. It might have been a factor in a couple of chances we’ve not taken but it’s nothing to do with them scoring in the last couple of minutes. I’m not looking at conditions, it was the same for them.”

Despite a dismal run in recent weeks the Fleetwood boss believes a playoff position is still very much within reach – with a full week now to put right the wrongs of Adams Park.

He said: “It’s four games. We went through the previous four winning three and drawing one. We’ve gone through a patch where things haven’t gone our way. But it can change in a moment. But we have to make that change, we can’t just wait for it. We have to do it for ourselves so that’s what we’re going to do. There’s plenty to play for, we’re still in the hunt and we still believe we can do it.”