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Final whistle - Barnet

20 March 2013

Fleetwood Town manager, Graham Alexander,reflected on a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Barnet, a result which makes an npower League 2 play-off position that much more difficult to reach:

By David Mitchell

Fleetwood Town manager, Graham Alexander,reflected on a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Barnet, a result which makes an npower League 2 play-off position that much more difficult to reach:

‘It was definitely the most disappointing ninety minutes since I came to the club.  We didn’t commit anywhere near to the levels we need to be at to win matches.  We were outplayed and outbattled and we gave two really, really sloppy goals away.  It’s hard to legislate for that kind of error. ‘We win as a team and lose as a team.  It’s down to the group and we stick together. Football’s about the good times and bad times and at the minute we are in the midst of a bad time after a good time.’ A win was vital for both sides, for quite different reasons: ‘Barnet had as much to play for as us.  They showed the professional and personal pride that we needed to have.  You need that to win the three points and we didn’t have it on the night.’ It was some time before the team emerged from the dressing room after the game: ‘We had a long chat with everyone and had input from the players as well, giving them the floor, to be fair,  and it was good to hear them taking responsibility, just as I should as well.’ ‘We didn’t do the things required to win at this level, even taking the two goals out. We have to find the answer as we have seven more games left.  We need to do the right things on Thursday and Friday in training and make sure we respond on Saturday.’

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