Bradbury wants spirited Hawks to show up for 90 minutes

Sahr Kabba. Picture: Dave Haines
Sahr Kabba. Picture: Dave Haines
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LEE BRADBURY lauded a quality second-half display from the Hawks in the 2-2 Blue Square Bet South draw at Dover.

However, the manager is calling on his men to get it right for 90 minutes in future.

A dismal first period left the Westleigh Park outfit 2-0 down.

Sahr Kabba and Christian Nanetti scored in the second half as the Hawks grabbed a valuable point.

Bradbury was thrilled with the spirited second-half show but not happy with the way they started the game.

He said: ‘We had words in the changing room at half-time and I demanded a reaction.

‘My team are learning very quickly that I won’t let them throw the towel in.

‘The second half was probably the best we have played since I have been here.

‘We changed our system so that we would start asking more questions of them and it worked.

‘We dominated large spells of the second 45 minutes and I am disappointed we didn’t go on and win it.

‘To come from two-goals down to draw at a place like Dover is a credit to my players.

‘It is another game where we have come away feeling a little frustrated at the final result.’

Bradbury’s side looked dead and buried after conceding two set-piece goals in a first half largely dominated by the home side.

It was no surprise when they took a 35th-minute lead from a corner.

Tyrone Sterling climbed above the Hawks defence to power in a header after the ball was whipped in.

It looked even bleaker for the visitors when Dover added to their lead a minute before half-time.

Barry Cogan’s 35-yard freekick from the left touchline evaded everyone and bounced in off the far post.

Bradbury felt his men gifted Dover the two goals.

He was also disappointed with the way they failed to assert themselves.

‘In the first half, we were guilty of showing them too much respect,’ said Bradbury.

‘Dover were big, strong, very direct and made life difficult for us.

‘We ended up gifting them a couple of set-piece goals which was disappointing.

‘We need to play for 90 minutes.’

Kabba started the fightback on the hour with an excellent finish.

Chris Arthur broke up a move just inside the Dover half and the ball was worked to Kabba on the left.

The diminutive striker cut across the face of the area before comprehensively beating the home keeper with a low drive.

Suddenly, it was the home side struggling to cope with the pace of the attacks from the slick visitors.

And Nanetti grabbed the equaliser in the 72nd minute after Jake Newton knocked Palmer’s cross back into the danger area from the right.

That was exactly what the Hawks deserved for the impressiver manner in which they battled back.

Hawks: Masters 7, Grant 7, Harris 8, Strugnell 7 (Woodford 76mins), Newton 7, Arthur 7, Hutchinson 7 (Ramsey 8, 45mins), Ryan 7, Nanetti 7, Kabba 7 (Bossman 85mins), Palmer 7. Sub: Ighorae, Jones.

Referee: I Cooper

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