‘Worst show in ten years’

Fleetwood pile on the pressure
Fleetwood pile on the pressure

GRAHAM Alexander slammed the worst performance he had seen in 10 years as Fleetwood’s resurgence stalled against Rochdale.

Alexander said: “There was no resemblance of a performance whatsoever. Effectiveness, energy, pride, we were bereft of all of that.

“That’s the bottom of the barrel. There’s not one positive I can take.

“That just was not of a professional standard. My job now is to make sure that never happens again.

“We have a week to make sure we have the complete opposite of what we saw today at Rotherham.”

And the Fleetwood boss had a clear message that the lack of consistency which has dogged Town’s campaign would no longer be tolerated.

He said: “If you are serious about your job and what you want to do with your life, you can’t go from the performances we had against Gillingham and Southend to that in five days.

“There’s something drastically wrong for that to happen. We’re going to search for the answers. We know some of them, but we’ll get to the bottom of every single one because that is not acceptable.

“I apologise to everyone involved in Fleetwood because I’m embarrassed about the lack of, well, everything from the team.

“As a manager I’m responsible for that. I hope there are a few more embarrassed today.”

Alexander was left to question what had happened to his side’s willingness to fight and desire to win.

“The qualities we want should be a given,” he said. “You saw 11 Rochdale players with them. You should have shown them every week since you were 11 years old because that’s what’s got you to this level.

“To forget them and think you are better than you are, you are a fool. That’s what we are at the moment. When we play a team like Gillingham, we think we could get turned over and raise our games to the standards expected.

“The play-offs? I’m not thinking about that. I’m happy that wasn’t the last game of the season. I’m happy we’ve got four games to show we won’t do that again.”