Bristol Rovers manager Matt Taylor bemoaned his side’s inconsistent form as the Pirates lost 2-0 at home to relegation-threatened Fleetwood.
Jayden Stockley and Ronan Coughlan both found the net to secure Fleetwood a second consecutive win, leaving them six points from safety in League One.
The defeat – Rovers’ fourth in their last five home matches in all competitions – ended a run of back-to-back league wins.
“We’re disappointed to lose the game,” said Taylor.
“We’ve fallen into the same pattern that we’ve done too often this season where we’ve had a boost of a couple of good performances and victories to boot and then not been able to follow it up physically and game wise.
“A bit of physicality against our back line and poor defending on two crosses has led to the opposition being ahead. We’ve had the two best chances of the first half and then we’ve had the sucker punch of a set-piece goal.
“As the pressure came onto the game we’ve not been able to handle that and execute in terms of our final third play from that moment on.”
Taylor also explained that defender Jack Hunt had been sick on the pitch before being substituted in the 25th minute with a suspected concussion.
Taylor felt that Chris Martin was harshly shown a second yellow card in the third minute of second half stoppage time as a late melee broke out between the two sides.
“If he’s sent off then several other players should have been too,” added Taylor.
Fleetwood boss Charlie Adam is refusing to get carried away with the upturn in his side’s results.
“We were pleased. To come away from home we knew what Bristol Rovers were going to give us, after their back-to-back wins,” he said.
“They’re in good form. We knew we had to defend the box well the whole night. We’re delighted but it’s just three points and we’ll look forward to Saturday.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and I believe our performances will get us the wins. I keep saying that. We’ve been in five or six games, but I’ve felt the performances were getting better and better. The last two-and-a-half games have been really, really good.
“If we keep clean sheets with what we have in the attacking part of the pitch then we’ll keep causing teams problems.”