DESPERATE Hayling United responded to the wrath of manager Lee Paul as they drew 2-2 draw at New Milton Town in the Wessex League premier division.
‘We were poor in the first half and I went in at the break and I got quite heated with my players,’ said Paul.
‘I don’t do it very often but these are desperate times.
‘After that I left coach Rob Lilley on the sidelines, while I got a different perspective from the stands.
‘We turned it around and were fantastic in the second half but just couldn’t force a winner.
‘It will be a hard task to avoid relegation but there are still a lot of points to play for.
‘If we can continue to play like we did in the second half there is no reason why we can’t get ourselves out of it.’
Hayling’s injury curse continued with newly-arrived defender Barry Hooper breaking his elbow in two places.
Hooper had impressed in his two games since joining from Moneyfields but is unlikely to play again this season.
Lenny Burney grabbed the Humbugs’ first-half goal but they went in 2-1 down at the break.
Man-of-the-match Dan Martin notched the equaliser 10 minutes into the second half.
Though the home side were reduced to 10-men, United could not find a third goal.
Moneyfields failed to do United any favours by losing 3-2 at home against relegation-battling Fawley.
Danny Horrell put the Copnor club ahead in the opening minutes but they paid the price for missing numerous chances.
The Oilmen hit back to establish a 3-1 lead late in the second half and Moneyfields could only manage to add a late strike from Rob Evans.