Full Time: Barnet 2 Fleetwood Town 0

Graham Alexander prepares to share a few home truths Picture By Derick Thomas
Graham Alexander prepares to share a few home truths Picture By Derick Thomas

GRAHAM Alexander accused his players of letting down Fleetwood Town in a performance he described as below professional standards.

Two defensive calamities saw Fleetwood slump to defeat against yet another struggling side.

Town created little in the opening 45 minutes at Underhill - the home side grabbing the lead midway through the half, Mark Byrne blasting home after Scott Davies saved Curtis Weston’s initial effort.

Barry Nicholson had given the ball away deep inside Town’s half, a casual move far too close to the box for comfort.

Alan Goodall came closest for Fleetwood, shooting wide at the near post from a corner.

After the break things got worse, Town’s play disjointed, their fight non-existent.

And on the hour Barnet took full advantage.

Shaun Beeley collided with Davies inside the box, Luke Gambin only too happy to seize on the loose ball to double Barnet’s lead.

From then on Fleetwood created little, a late Davies save ensuring The Bees didn’t stretch their lead.

Alexander spent more than an hour with his squad after the final whistle and gave a bleak assessment.

He said: “It’s impossible to stomach, it sticks in the throat because that wasn’t a performance of a professional standard.

“If you take the goals out of it, it wasn’t good enough anyway.

“I’ve told the players and they’ve said to each other that they should demand better.

“They’ve said they’ve let their standards slip.

“Hopefully today, like I said to the boys, tonight was a massive reality check.

“They’ve let Fleetwood Town down.”