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Alexander rues Town's urgency after defeat

22 November 2014

Cod Army fell to first home defeat since February

Manager Graham Alexander gave an honest assessment after this afternoon’s home defeat to Walsall.

Romaine Sawyers’ goal ten minutes before the interval turned out to be the winner as the Saddlers extended their unbeaten run.

Defeat at Highbury was the Cod Army’s first on home soil in the league since February, and Alexander rued his side’s urgency as they failed to find a way past Dean Smith’s men.

After the game, he said: “I’m very frustrated and really disappointed with the result. The performance in the first half wasn’t good enough and the tempo we played at wasn’t great.

“We let Walsall comfortably dominate the possession, but apart from the goal we didn’t really give them many chances.

“I’m not going to make up an imaginary game. We were very flat and didn’t have any urgency, composure or aggression when we had the ball.

“We’ve given a really poor goal away by not clearing it away twice, and in the end it’s cost us the points. There’s a lot of things we could have done better.

“The last half an hour or so was more like us as we were on the front foot and caused them problems, but it wasn’t to be.

“Our substitutions injected a bit of life into us and gave us a lift which we needed, and all three contributed very well to turn the performance around.

“We should have probably got a point out of it with the way we played during the last half an hour, but we didn’t cause them enough problems throughout.”

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