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Cairns on a frustrating afternoon at the Pirelli Stadium

11 January 2020

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A frustrated Alex Cairns spoke to the media following Fleetwood Town’s 1-0 defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Edwards won the match for the hosts in the dying embers, with a close range header after Liam Boyce’s cross from the left side.

The closest the visitors came to scoring was through Wes Burns and Lewie Coyle, with their chances going narrowly wide of Kieran O’Hara’s right hand post.

Here is what Alex Cairns had to say following the match:

On the game…

“The way in which we conceded the goal was not good. It is just frustrating because even though we didn’t play at our best today, I still thought that we did well, especially in the first half.

“We defended our box well, and we did the simple things, but it is disappointing and it is a hard one to take.

“If you look at the actual clear cut opportunities that they [Burton] have had, and the amount of saves that I have had to make today, it was next to nothing.

Although we can keep it tight for long periods, we have to do it until that final whistle goes. That is when it matters and we have not done that today. We will pick ourselves up and go again next week

“We cannot just rely on the attackers to score goals to win us games, we have got to also see games out, regardless of if we score or not."

On the bigger picture…

“We have got the mindset of taking it each game at a time. This game is done now and we can’t do anything about it.

“We are a really good side, and I firmly believe that this is the best Fleetwood Town team that I have ever been involved with. It is just about doing it on a match day, and we need to put into practice what we are doing on the training ground.

“We do everything right, it is just getting over that line. We have got to believe that we can do it.”

On being back at Highbury…

“Nobody wants to come to Fleetwood Town, and that is something that we have instilled throughout the whole club, from the academy and all the way up to the first team.

“You have got to come and really graft to get anything from us, and we will be going out there next Saturday to try and put this performance right.”

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