Bradbury will not push panic button

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Lee Bradbury insists the Hawks won’t panic despite losing their three opening Vanarama Conference South three games.

A great 51st-minute strike from home captain Daryl McMahon condemned them to their latest 1-0 defeat at Ebbsfleet United.

The manager felt his team produced their best performance of the season and were unlucky not to come away with something.

‘We haven’t got to panic,’ said Bradbury.

‘I remain optimistic and we have a lot of good players in the squad.

‘We just need something to drop for us.

‘There is still a long way to go in the season and we have started against the top three sides in the league.

‘I asked for a 90-minute performance from the team and felt I got that.

‘The only difference between the two sides was another wonder strike.

‘We seem to be on the end of a few of those at the moment.

‘Teams can’t keep doing that to us and our luck has to change.

‘We are disappointed but we performed for a longer period today.

‘It was far more acceptable from my point of view.

‘The season is a long one and I have every faith in my current squad of players.

‘It is far too early to start thinking about going into the loan market to strengthen.’

The visitors looked determined to prove a point from the start after two poor first-half performances against Bromley and Sutton.

The introduction of Brian Dutton, for his first start, in front of the back-four gave the Hawks a far more solid base.

There was little to choose between the two teams and it was no surprise the first half ended goalless.

The decisive moment arrived in the 51st minute when Charlie Sheringham headed a forward ball inside to McMahon.

Before any of the Hawks defenders could close him down, he arrowed an unstoppable shot over Ryan Young and into the top far corner of the net.

Disappointingly after that, the Hawks huffed and puffed a lot but never looked like rescuing the game.

Bradbury’s team have only scored one goal and that came from the penalty spot against Bromley.

The gamble of playing inexperienced youngsters JJ Hooper and Shamir Mullings up front, alongside the more experienced Bradley Bubb is yet to produce the goods.

Unlike at Sutton though, the Hawks hardly managed a shot on target all game against highly-fancied Ebbsfleet.

Bradbury felt the home team showed their quality with the way they controlled the contest after taking the lead.

He’s not too worried about his team’s slow start to the season and lack of goals.

‘You have to give Ebbsfleet some credit for the way they kept us on the back foot after going in front,’ he said.

‘The lack of goals isn’t a worry at the moment.

‘Apart from today we have created enough chances to score ten goals but haven’t taken them.

‘To come away with nothing at the end of the first week is tough to take.’

The Hawks have arranged to play a Pompey XI in a friendly at Westleigh Park on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Blanchett, Dutton (Ciardini 68mins), Woodford, Harris, Ryan, Huggins (Donnelly 79mins), Hooper, Bubb, Mullings (Swallow 79mins).

Att: 814.