Date: 27th September 2015 at 6:32pm
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Manager Graham Alexander had disappointment as he reflected on yesterday’s two one loss to Port Vale.

Fleetwood 1-2 Port Vale & Highlights
Audio – Alexander On Vale Loss

Speaking to the Official Site following the game in his post game media interviews, Alexander said the turning point really came in the second half where their player Remie Streete in his mind should’ve been given his marching orders.

‘Jamma has got the touch and the centre half has taken him out, I can`t explain it. I can understand how people can get things wrong with has it crossed the line or not. That`s visible by two officials on either side and it`s a definite foul.’

With that said he admitted that with the chances that had fallen our way really we should been ‘out of sight’ at half time and easily two or three clear, but we weren’t and whilst Port Vale would’ve been happy going into the break only a goal behind, they’d have definitely have been happier with the second period as well.

‘We should have been out of sight at half-time. We should have been two or three up. Port Vale were probably happy to get in at 1-0 down, we`ve got to take those chances to give ourselves a cushion so decisions like that don`t cost us. Unfortunately, we didn`t get the second goal and the officials give Port Vale the chance to get back into it. There was a bit of naivety from us and I`m not defending that but the game should have been won by then and they should`ve been down to ten men. We need to manage the game better when we take the lead or when we`re drawing because we are making naïve mistakes.’

With a harshness to his frustration, Alexander did admit that the match savvy required for that will come in time for some of the younger players because they are still learning and he can’t expect too much from them, but this is where he needs the experienced folk to step up lead, and instruct.

‘We can understand it with certain players because they haven`t got the experience to be consistent at this level yet, but there are other mistakes we`re making. The players always give us everything and they did when we made the subs and we were on the front foot. We had one cleared off the line just after the substitutions but we haven`t got that experience yet as a team and we have to learn fast.’

Vice skipper Antoni Sarcevic was also interviewed after the game and he was equally as disappointed and called on his colleagues to show a reaction when we face Gillingham in another midweek encounter.

‘It was a tough one for us. In the first half we couldn`t have controlled the game anymore than we did. Then we say all the right things at half time but are just not doing it in the second half. We`re struggling to see games out mentally and physically. It`s one of them frustrating ones again this afternoon.’

Sarcevic went on to say that we were stopping them from going ‘through the big lad’ and dominating first half, but second half they made changes and ‘silly errors’ have cost us because we didn’t deal with it well enough.

‘We had chances in the second half to get back in it but are just not seeing games out. We`ve got to respond on Tuesday night. It`s as simple as that. We`ve got to start picking up points and seeing out games because we`re more than good enough. We just haven`t got that mental side at the moment where we can see out games.’


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