The Luton chief was gutted by the 2-2 outcome at Stonebridge Road and admitted they had allowed themselves to be ‘sucked in’ during the second half, as George Pilkington and Shane Blackett – coming back from long term injuries – were among the players to visibly tire late in the game.
Brabin said: “I’m disappointed because we’ve gone 2-0 up and they’ve scored two goals from outside the box which is disappointing.
“I’m gutted we’ve thrown away a two-goal lead. We don’t want to make excuses but Pilks and Shane were tired.
“I felt we got sucked back a little bit and looked a little bit deep.
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“It takes its toll on you a little bit. We sat back.
“ I’ve made the two substitutions through (Aaron) O’Connor and (Amari) Morgan-Smith because they were both struggling for injury reasons.
“They’ve thrown everything at us. It’s hard. We were 2-0 up and should have been good enough to deal with that.
“We are absolutely disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded.
“I thought a little bit of tiredness set in in the back four and we have some big players missing in midfield.
“Our whole midfield three were out and the excuses can go on and on.
“We were sitting a little bit deep and inviting things on.
“Attacking-wise I think we created enough chances. We’ve scored two goals which should be enough away from home and all the guys are gutted.”
Having won 2-1 at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, four points from six return is far from a disaster, but Brabin admitted Fleet felt more like a defeat.
He added: “We wanted six but ended up with four and we’ve got to look at it from a positive point of view.
“We are disappointed but we just want to keep with the pack. Leagues aren’t won and lost just yet.
“We need to trust in what we are doing.
“They have thrown everything at us and in the end had nothing to lose.
“We’ve gone 2-0 up and thought we would have been good enough to hold on to that.”
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