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Alexander: Key turning point was in the second half

26 September 2015

Boss felt Remie Streete should have been sent off

Fleetwood Town manager Graham Alexander struggled to hide his disappointment following the 2-1 home defeat to Port Vale.

Town led at half-time through a brilliant piece of individual play by Bobby Grant before Colin Daniel and Sam Foley scored to turn the game on its head.

Alexander though believed the turning point was the referee’s decision not to award a free-kick to Town and send off Remie Streete moments before Daniel’s equaliser for the visitors.

He said: “Jamma has got the touch and the centre half has taken him out, I can’t explain it.

“I can understand how people can get things wrong with has it crossed the line or not.

“That’s visible by two officials on either side and it’s a definite foul.

“We should have been out of sight at half-time. We should have been two or three up.

“Port Vale were probably happy to get in at 1-0 down, we’ve got to take those chances to give ourselves a cushion so decisions like that don’t cost us.

He added: “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the second goal and the officials give Port Vale the chance to get back into it.

“There was a bit of naivety from us and I’m not defending that but the game should have been won by then and they should’ve been down to ten men.

“We need to manage the game better when we take the lead or when we’re drawing because we are making naïve mistakes.

“We can understand it with certain players because they haven’t got the experience to be consistent at this level yet, but there are other mistakes we’re making.

Continuing: “The players always give us everything and they did when we made the subs and we were on the front foot.

“We had one cleared off the line just after the substitutions but we haven’t got that experience yet as a team and we have to learn fast.”

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