Mick Catlin reckons it was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ as Gosport Borough suffered their first home loss of the season.
Borough slipped to a 2-1 Vanarama National League South defeat against Margate at Privett Park.
The reverse came just four days after they had put unbeaten league leaders Bath City to the sword.
Assistant-boss Catlin was disappointed by the inconsistency between the two performances.
‘We didn’t reach anywhere near the standards displayed in our last game,’ said Catlin.
‘It was almost the perfect performance against Bath and we warned the players beforehand about being complacent.
It is all well and good patting each other on the back after doing well. That means nothing, though, unless you go out and do the same the following gameMick Catlin
‘It is all well and good patting each other on the back after doing well.
‘That means nothing, though, unless you go out and do the same the following game.
‘In this league if you don’t put in the effort and work-rate you are not going to win games.’
The visitors showed their intent from the start and after only five minutes forced home goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore into a save.
Ashmore had to be alert to push away a close-range effort as the home side started slowly.
‘We didn’t seem to be able to get going,’ said Catlin.
‘In the first half we ended up chasing Margate around a lot and were happy to go in just one goal down at the break.’
Margate took the lead in contentious circumstances.
Luke Moore smashed his shot past Ashmore but initially the goal was disallowed for offside.
After consulting with his assistant, however, the referee gave the goal.
Borough improved at the start of the second period but fell further behind in the 67th minute.
Freddie Lapado got in behind the home defence following a dummy from Kane Wills and slotted home.
‘We looked dead and buried at that stage,’ said Catlin.
Justin Bennett led a late rally with a penalty 12 minutes from full-time, after Adam Wilde was brought down.
However, it proved no more than a consolation goal.
‘It would have been a bit unjust on Margate if we had managed to snatch anything,’ added Catlin.
‘Though we have made a good start to the season it is important we realise that it is no more than that.
‘We are entering an important phase during which we need to be more consistent.
‘We can put together a good run or equally it could go the other way.
‘It is important we go into tomorrow night’s cup game against AFC Portchester looking to get this one out of our system.’
Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Cuthbertson (Pearce 76), Williams, Carter, Poate, Woodford, Dunford, Ryan (Ramsey 63), Wort, Bennett, Wooden (Wilde 21). Subs not used: White, Wheeler.