By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
The Magpies suffered a 6-0 home defeat to AFC Fylde on Saturday whilst Lee Bradbury’s men were on the wrong end of a 4-0 reverse at Leyton Orient.
But the gaffer wants to move on from Saturday and is hoping that it is his side that can react the better from the weekend setbacks in front of a big home crowd.
“We’ve played 11 out of the top 12 so far, and we need to pick up points against the teams in and around us and Maidenhead are one of those teams.
We have two home games now so we need to make the most of it and start to pick up some points.
The teams in and around us are the big points, to go away and win at Leyton Orient would have been fantastic but it would have been a tough task, we know that but at the same time it still hurts (the 4-0 defeat).”
The quick turnaround in matches is something the gaffer believes will suit his players as they won’t have a whole week to sit on Saturday’s result.
“The players are looking forward to this game, we’re training tonight, which gives us a bit more time to do a bit of preparation with them and that would be a good thing for us.”
However, the Hawks’ record against the teams in the bottom six is good when we’ve had the chance to face them. With the exception of the 4-3 defeat to Dover, the Hawks have beaten Braintree and Aldershot who were in the bottom four when we face the pair and gained points at Ebbsfleet and Barnet, sides who were in the bottom half of the table when we faced them.
And the Hawks boss hopes we can make that record count tomorrow night.
“They’re (Maidenhead) six points above us at the moment, so it should be a close game you would have thought, two teams who lost at the weekend, they have a suspension in Christian Smith who can’t play in midfield which will be a big loss I’m sure.
Looking at them, they have a decent squad and had some decent results this season so they can’t be taken lightly but then at the same time at home they’re beatable.”
The gaffer is hopeful for a quick start to tomorrow’s game in front of what will be a big crowd with Portsmouth being Maidenhead’s cup opponents in just over a fortnight’s time, with a positive opening, hopefully firing up the spectators.
“We’re currently midtable in the National League attendance league, which for our first season is a great achievement.
I think the fans have been very supportive, you only have to look at Saturday’s game and see the 224 up at Leyton Orient and they were excellent, singing all the way through the game and that takes a very good supporter to do that at 4-0 down but they were pretty aware of the situation on Saturday and they kept going with the team and that was fantastic.”
Alfie Rutherford returns for tomorrow night’s fixture after being recalled from his loan at Eastbourne Borough, the Hawks boss speaks about it HERE.
Hawks face Maidenhead United at Westleigh Park tomorrow night in The National League, kick off 19:45