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Alexander - Performance Cost Us

Alexander - Performance Cost Us

Manager Graham Alexander has said that ultimately our performance against Chesterfield cost us the result.

Speaking to the Official Site following the final game of the regular season yesterday, the gaffer explained.

'At half time we had kept them at arms length and we had controlled how we wanted to play and how they wanted to play. They reverted to a style that they didn't want to and we were 1-0 up and looking good. We spoke about the finer details in games and the first goal, especially, is really poor from the second phase of a set piece and it shouldn't have happened. We had a really good chance at the other end right before that and you thinking if you put that away you're 2-0 up and you can pick them off.'

Alexander goes on to say that not taking that chance, it just left him disappointed with the manner of their leveller, and the second goal wasn't much better, but unfortunately they got the second wind and we couldn't quite get ourselves back into the match and re-establish our control.

'We had everyone back for both set pieces and it's disappointing. I am not going to talk about individuals, but we have to learn that when there is a job to be done - that's what football is about - it's about doing your job and I think set pieces are black and white.'

Alexander says that going into the play offs, he was hoping we could keep our unbeaten run going because otherwise there wasn't anything really riding on the match but he knows nobody should be too down about this, Chesterfield were gunning for the title and our obvious priority is now the York game and in part that was why he made a number of changes as he wanted to rest some people and give others another chance.

He also said overall he wasn't too disappointed with our showing, but we just weren't up to our normal levels in the second half, but he can't really find fault with the first 45 other than not going two ahead.

'Goals change games, though, and that's what's happened.'

As for knowing we will face York now, Alexander says that everyone in the play offs have their own qualities and we have certainly done our homework on York who have had a very good second half of the season, but he knows ultimately it's about us performing as we can and playing to our strengths rather than overly worrying about the opposition.

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Writer:Cod Warrior
Date:Sunday May 4 2014
Time: 7:47PM

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