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Alexander - We aimed for three points

12 February 2014

Manager reflects on point at Adams Park

Manager Graham Alexander was disappointed to leave Wycombe Wanderers with only a point on Tuesday night following a 1-1 draw at Adams Park.

The Cod Army fell behind to Stuart Lewis’ spectacular first-half opener in the rearranged fixture but fought back with a leveller from Jon Parkin after the break.

And after substitute Jamille Matt missed a glorious chance for the winner on his return from injury, Alexander rued leaving Buckinghamshire without all three points.

“I’m disappointed that we only got a point – we came here looking to win the game,” Alexander said. 

“We’ve missed a couple of chances and should have had a penalty. We found ourselves a goal down just before half-time and I was disappointed with that. 

“However, in the second half, we created a couple of opportunities that we could have scored from and we got the equaliser we deserved. We could have gone and won it in the end, though.”

The Chairboys, who sit one place above the Sky Bet League 2 drop-zone, took the lead in first-half added time with a 25-yard strike from their captain Lewis.

Alexander praised the effort, but was unsure how much goalkeeper Chris Maxwell could do about it.

“It was a good strike from their lad,” said Alexander. “I don’t know if Maxwell could see it because there was a lot of bodies in front of him. 

“I don’t know if it got a nick off anyone but it was disappointing to concede a goal right before half-time. It changes the complexion of what you’re going to say at half-time. 

“We still said the same things really, though. I thought we had to compete more smartly because there were a lot of 50-50 decisions going against us. 

“However, I think we had the best chances and I know we should have had a penalty at the end.”

Speaking about Matt, on his return from an ankle injury, Alexander said: “Just in the 20-25 minutes he had he showed what he’s all about and what he can give to the team. I thought Mikael Mandron worked really hard for the team as well. 

“We wanted to get Matt on for at least 20 minutes and put another attacking threat on, and we brought Sarcevic on as well.”

There was one other notable change to the Fleetwood Town starting line-up on Tuesday, with Chris Maxwell replacing Scott Davies in goal, as Alexander explained.

“It’s always a big decision to change your goalkeeper and Scott (Davies) has been brilliant for us, but I want genuine competition for every position,” he said. 

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