Lee Bradbury was a frustrated and unhappy figure at the end of the Hawks’ 3-1 Vanarama Conference South defeat at Gosport Borough.
The Westleigh Park manager was not amused on two counts.
Not only was the former Pompey player disappointed with his team’s performance yesterday at Privett Park – but he also slammed Borough boss Alex Pike’s celebrations after Lee Wort’s goal.
When Borough’s third goal went in, Pike ran onto the pitch with arms outstretched doing what he described as his impression of a ‘Boeing 747’ coming in to land.
Something which Bradbury was non-too happy with.
‘I felt his (Pike’s) celebrations were very disrespectful,’ admitted Bradbury.
‘It is not something I would consider doing and I told him so as well.
‘But we have picked up six points from our three games over Christmas which is more than they have.
‘It was a frustrating day but, overall, we have been reasonably successful over the holiday period.
‘Now we have to go into Sunday’s game against Hayes & Yeading at Westleigh Park determined to pick up another three points.’
The Hawks – who picked up a 3-2 win when Borough travelled to Westleigh Park on Boxing Day – will have to improve on their lacklustre performance at Gosport, where they could have few complaints about the defeat.
Two first-half goals from Justin Bennett left them chasing the game and, apart from a brief spell after Sam Pearce’s own goal gave them a lifeline, they never looked like getting anything out of the encounter.
Bradbury accepted his team were poor, particularly in the first 45 minutes.
‘This defeat hurts us,’ added Bradbury.
‘Our first-half performance was nowhere near good enough. We were slow out of the blocks and found ourselves chasing the game
‘They pressed us high up the pitch and we were guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply.
‘The two first-half goals rocked us back on our heels a bit and we failed to put them under any sustained periods of pressure.
‘We failed to get our wide players on the ball enough in good areas and had to change it 10 minutes into the second half.
‘The second half was a bit better but it was too late and we ended up chasing our tail.
‘It was a tricky game for us and we found it impossible to get in behind their defence.’