Graham Alexander refused to be downbeat after his Fleetwood Town side were dumped out of the Capital One Cup.
A late fightback wasn’t enough to salvage Town’s knockout campaign, the 3-2 defeat to League One Notts County ensuring a second consecutive first round exit.
But Alexander was pleased with the performance at Meadow Lane and left to wonder what might have been had Town had a few more minutes to go at County.
“I though we started okay without really getting into our stride,” said the Town boss.
“It was a great finish from Gareth Evans to go 1-0 up and then I thought we just came off it a little bit and allowed Notts County to get some good crosses into our box.
“Second half I thought we improved greatly, created numerous opportunities , scored another great goal through David Ball and looked really strong. We just ran out of time in the end.”
A tricky 20 first half minutes did for Town, Enoch Showunmi and then Danny Haynes giving the home side the advantage before a cruel deflection on Callum McGregor’s shot sealed their fate.
“We took the game to a team from a higher league. I’ve got to be pleased with how the lads kept going. They had the belief they could win the game.”
“I thought second half we popped it about a lot better, had real width and purpose.
“First half we were just a bit lacking in penetration and a little bit of care with the ball,” added Alexander.