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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Havant and Waterlooville gaffer Lee Bradbury is keen to see a response to his side when he takes his Hawks side to the Silverlake Stadium tomorrow in the second leg of a National League derby double.


Admitting that some of Saturday’s rotations backfired, Bradbury feels that the start to the game could prove pivotal with both sides nursing 3-0 reverses at the weekend.


However, the fear is potentially being light on numbers as injuries again rear its ugly head round.


Bradbury said: “We go into it with a few injuries, but at this stage of the season it is expected.


“It is a game we can go into after playing them a week ago confident we can get a result if we perform like we did in the second half of that game.”


With the schedule being jam packed through the festive period, the Hawks boss wanted to utilise his squad as much as possible but admits that some of the changes in Saturday’s home defeat to Bromley “backfired”.


“It’s a really demanding time at the moment.” – Bradbury said. “Having to play so many matches in succession its tough.


“I made changes the other day which probably backfired on us as a team and we have to be much better against Eastleigh, who are looking to get back to winning ways as well after a 3-0 defeat to Ebbsfleet, so they will be hurting as well.


“It’s got the makings of a good derby and fingers crossed we come out on the right side of it.”


After both sides being beaten by three goals in their last games, getting out the gate could be key for both teams, but more importantly the Hawks as they look to quiet down the home crowd.


“The first 20/30 minutes will be important confidence wise for both teams coming off the back of a loss and not a very good performance and being pretty even in the first game as well.


“We’ve got to try and get the upper hand, we going to need our supporters to be nice and loud, hopefully we can take a good crowd down with us – fingers crossed we can get a good New Year’s Day Derby on the go.”

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