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Manager's Bradford reaction

26 December 2014

Boss after Boxing Day game against Bantams

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander bemoaned his team’s luck in front of goal as Bradford City claimed maximum points at Highbury Stadium on Boxing Day.

Town enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half and had chances to score but  went into the break 1-0 down to a James Hanson head moments before the whistle.

It is a goal the manager believes should have got the visitors back into the game, not given them the lead.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Alexander said: “The best team lost. Bradford played as we expected and James Hanson scored the goal and we knew of his threat.

“There’s only so much you can do when the ball is hung up like that but it should have been a goal back at that point, not a goal that gave Bradford the lead.

“I think we’ve done everything but score, or even hit the target to be fair. I’m disappointed we haven’t tested the goalkeeper more. We’ve definitely created goal scoring opportunities.

“The performance was there for the whole game to be fair, the width of the post in the second half with Proctor’s shot.

“The first half for me is where we put ourselves under pressure by not taking the opportunities when we were on top and obviously conceding the goal before halftime.

“You’re going to have to face that threat no matter how many goals you’ve scored, or not scored.

“What you have got to do, when you have the opportunities you’ve got to take them and that’s been a reoccurring theme this season and something we have to continue to work on and try and get the players as positive as possible.

"We’re not going to turn on them by any means because the effort, play and work ethic is there to see.”

An interview with the manager on Sunday’s game at Rochdale will be available to read on the Club website on Saturday 27th December.

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