Dave Carter surveyed Horndean’s woeful finishing against Hamble and declared: We were pretty pathetic.
The Deans only had themselves to blame after going down 3-1 at Five Heads Park.
Had the home side taken just half of their chances in the first period – then the Planemakers could have left with nothing.
Instead, the game was lost when Dan Hayes netted the Deans’ consolation.
Carter was left seething after the match, especially following hours of shooting practice in training.
‘We were pretty pathetic with our finishing,’ said the Deans boss.
‘And that comes after sessions on the training ground working on just that.
‘In fact, when they went a goal up we had four or more very good chances.
‘Then they broke and scored a second, which was down to our defence not picking up the run of their man out on the line.
‘And what happens? More chances go adrift and we get hit with a third goal.
‘It was match over then, even if Dan Hayes’ goal made it an interesting finish.’
The likes of Lloyd O’Neill, Nathan Paxton and Louie Castles hit tame efforts straight at goalkeeper Ryan Gregory in the first half.
While at the other end, Jamie Barron struck twice to send Hamble into the break 2-0 ahead.
The home fans were given a lift when Chamal Fenelon came off the bench to add his experience to a lacklustre strike force.
But it made little difference as his finishing was also lacking.
Former Gosport Borough striker Ashley Jarvis then helped put the match to bed for Hamble.
He teed up substitute Josh Oxlade to toe-end a third from close range.
Hayes pulled a goal back for Horndean with 10 minutes left to play.
But while the home side remained capable of salvaging a point, their finishing continued to let them down with Paxton failing to hit the target when clean through on goal.
And so they were left empty-handed at the final whistle.
Carter is now keen for his men to put the game behind them tomorrow night when they host Fawley.
The boss said: ‘No excuses. The condition of the pitch was not that clever but Hamble did well on it and so should we have done.
‘But there it is, now perhaps we can get this match out of our system with a far better performance here against Fawley tomorrow night.’