Bradbury sends warning to Portsmouth ahead of Maidenhead FA Cup tie

Lee Bradbury has warned Pompey: Maidenhead will be hard to beat.

Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 6:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 7:31 pm
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Neil Marshall

The Blues travel to the National League strugglers in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

It's a game Kenny Jackett's League One table-toppers are fully expected to win.

The Pompey boss ran the rule over Alan Devonshire's side when they played the Hawks at Westleigh Park last week.

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Bradbury's troops routed Maidenhead, recording a 7-0 victory.

The visitors, however, had goalkeeper Carl Pentney sent-off in the 36th minute, forcing Alan Massey to act as a makeshift stopper. 

The Hawks boss has insisted his side's romp wasn't a full reflection of Devonshire's outfit.

And Bradbury feels Maidenhead will be more competitive when they face the Blues in the FA Cup.

He said: '˜I would expect Maidenhead to be a lot more competitive in the Portsmouth game.

'˜Alan Devonshire is a cute manager and he will set them up in a way to be hard to beat.

'˜What formation that will be remains to be seen but they will try and stay in the game as long as they can.

'˜Their confidence will have taken a hit though after two successive heavy defeats- 6-0 and 7-0.

'˜I don't think they can be taken as a true reflection heading into the Portsmouth game.

'˜Against us they had their goalkeeper sent off and that didn't help.'