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Lee Bradbury Pre Hartlepool United

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury will be looking for a reaction from his Hawks side when Hartlepool United visit Westleigh Park tomorrow afternoon. The Hawks were beaten 4-0 by Bromley on Monday with the Hawks gaffer looking to put that disappointment firmly behind us and use it as ammunition going into the game against the Pools.


“Everyone was disappointed with both the manner that the goals were conceded and the result itself.” Said the gaffer but was also keen to point out the positives in the Hawks’ performance at Hayes Lane on Monday. “We played well in spells, but we switched off at crucial times and we spoke about that last night and worked on it and we’ve now got to go into the game and show how much it means to us to do our jobs properly and also try and keep some clean sheets. We’ve started the season reasonably well defensively and we’ve been undone recently by some set pieces which is unlike us but if we can start doing our jobs properly and hopefully that starts tomorrow and going forwards.”


Lee Bradbury feels that Monday’s defeat can prove to be a valuable lesson for the Hawks as he feels that “every cloud has a silver lining”.  “It makes us and the players more alert and aware of the situation and what can become of it. It shows that good delivery and good, strong players means that you have to fight fire with fire.”

Doubt: Lee Bradbury feels it will take a week before Ed Harris returns to full fitness.

However looking forward to tomorrow’s game, the gaffer feels Ed Harris will be a doubt and feels he is a week away until he is fully fit. “Ed’s still struggling, he’s tweaked his knee like he did a few weeks ago and he’s going to be at least another week probably, so disappointed with that but as one door closes another opens for somebody else and we’ll have to have a look at that going forward.”


The Hawks see themselves with an unblemished home record, recording 3 draws against Boreham Wood, AFC Fylde and Salford City but a home win tomorrow could be a reaction and a kick starter to the Hawks’ season. “It would be nice to turn some of these draws into wins. It’s certainly a case for us where we want to make the home a fortress and so far we’ve done reasonably well at home and believed that we deserve more points and hopefully tomorrow’s the day where we can get that first home win and start to push on.”

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