Assistant boss gives his reaction from the Highbury StadiumAssistant manager Neil Baker was disappointed to concede four goals for the second time in four days but couldn't understand how our exit from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy competition looked so comfortable after what had been a fairly decent performance from the Alex.
The Railwaymen did create enough chances to have been 2-0 up themselves at the interval but improvement must be made in both penalty areas going forward. Two late goals from Fleetwood in the first half put them in the driving seat and when Nathan Pond made it 3-0 just a minute into the second half, our grip on the trophy we won back in April was slipping away.
Following the 4-0 defeat, Baker said tonight: "We have had a bit to say to the players tonight but nothing that they have not heard in the last few weeks, but we didn't hammer them because they have had enough of that lately. They have been hammered in and outside enough and they need a bit help and we will help them.
"It will turn for us because we know what this group of players is capable of. Anybody who came to game would be surprised that we have lost 4-0 again. Anybody who went to the game at Notts County would be surprised we lost 4-0. Did we deserve to lose those games by an 8-0 margin? No, but we have and we have to deal with it.
"We are gutted for them because we know the hard work they have put in over the last few weeks and the effort they put into the performance tonight. They are genuinely extremely disappointed in the dressing room and they are gutted for the fans who have come here to support them.
"That was one of the bright sparks of tonight because the supporters who were here got behind us and stayed behind us. We know they are frustrated, as we are but they know we are working hard to find that right blend and the right combinations to make us improve.
"I think individual mistakes have cost us this evening. I didn't think that was the case so much on Saturday. It is frustrating because we are controlling the game and creating good chances and before you know it the ball is in our net. It is not as though we are being dominated for 70 minutes and we are weighed down by the pressure. We have made mistakes and been punished and it isn't going for us in front of goal either. We needed to score when we were on top but the bright thing is we are still making chances."