Miles Rutherford watched Moneyfields run riot against AFC Portchester at Dover Road and then admitted: We got lucky.
The visitors dominated the first half of the Wessex League premier division derby contest.
But after Rutherford had dished out a few home truths at the break, Moneys returned to boss the second period and claim a 5-2 victory.
Bobby Scott notched a hat-trick and Steve Hutchings scored a brace as the former AFC Bournemouth apprentices earned their side the points.
‘We let Portchester rule the roost in the first half and they really should have buried us,’ said Rutherford.
‘I read the riot act like never before during the interval and at least the lads responded.
‘But it doesn’t make up for what we all had to put up with in the first half.
‘The point I make is we have quality players here who occasionally need to be reminded that they need to perform for 90 minutes in every game.
‘I suppose to turn what could have been an embarrassing defeat into a victory is something.
‘But I will be expecting far more in the matches coming up.’
Until Scott took centre stage with a two glorious free-kicks that flashed beyond keeper Jason Plomer and high into the net, everything pointed to a Portchester win.
Leading scorer Simon Woods had put Glenn Bridgman’s side in front early on in the first half.
But several wasted chances were to prove to the downfall of the visitors.
To their credit Portchester never gave up trying to get back into the match.
And when new-signing Rob Pittman bullied his way into the Moneyfields penalty area to equalise with a fine header, they looked likely to hold on for at least a point.
But almost before the celebrations were over, Hutchings went through the middle of the Portchester rearguard to beat Plomer and restore the home side’s lead.
Then with Portchester still licking they wounds, Scott killed off their survival hopes when he turned in his third and Moneyfields fourth.
By the time Hutchings was given the time and space to blast a fifth from close range, Portchester’s hopes were dead and buried – not that Rutherford was pleased with his side.
Meanwhile, Bridgman was left to rue what might have been.
He said: ‘The two free-kicks really turned things against us and, although we equalised, the lads lost their game plan. The final score was not a true picture of the match, though.
‘Our first-half performance was excellent and if we had played like that over 90 minutes, then the result would have been different.
‘But there it is, we must learn from this and move on.’
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Brockway, Lee, Rackley, Sackman, Hunt, Gauntlett, Slater, Hutchings, B Scott. Subs: C Scott, Raine, Wain, Lacey, Page
AFC Portchester: Plomer, Clark, Stone, Knight, Audin, Hardy, Horsted, Maddison, Woods, Way, Boam. Subs: N’Doye, Moody, Bell, Cresswell, Pittman