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Alexander: We were not good enough

26 February 2014

Manager gives honest assessment after Plymouth loss

Graham Alexander gave his reaction to the club’s official website this evening after defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle.

The manager said: “We weren’t good enough and I’m devastated to have lost 4-0. It was a great start for us in the first twenty minutes, and I thought we played really well then. 

“Their goal against the run of play has sort of deflated us to an extent where we’ve not really recovered. We get in at half time and tell them to try and do the right things, and take the game to Plymouth. 

“The second goal was a killer for us a couple of minutes into the second half, and you could see the confidence draining from the players, and that’s really disappointing to see. There’s no positive I can take from the game.”

Alexander added: “We spoke to them at half time about how well we’ve done in the second half this season, so there was no need to panic. 

“It was unfortunate with the deflection for the second goal, but it seems to be the way at the moment. 

“There’s no silver lining tonight, we just have to take it on the chin as professionals, and that has got to be as bad as it gets. That’s the worst feeling I’ve had this season without a shadow of a doubt.”

With AFC Wimbledon this visitors on Saturday, Alexander insists that Town must stick together. 

“Nobody is going to give us anything, we have to go out there and earn it, which starts tomorrow in training. I’ve been in this game nearly thirty years, and it’s never always run smoothly. 

“You get massive lows, but you have to keep coming back and that’s what we’re going to do. We have to make sure we stick together.”

Youngster Matty Hughes made his full debut for the club, and Alexander was impressed by his performance. 

He concluded: “Matty didn’t deserve to be on a losing side, and I think he’s shown the confidence and the hunger in the last two games where he’s come off the bench, so he deserved his start tonight. 

“He was part of all our good play at the start and put some great balls in, and even when we went down to four he kept taking players on which will stand him in great stead for us.”

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