Lee Bradbury pre Sutton United
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
And as always, the gaffer is “looking forward” to tomorrow’s clash at Westleigh Park. “I went to watch them against Maidstone, I liked the way that they approached the game. They’re a very quick side, strong and experienced and that’s something that takes time to put together.
Paul Doswell’s done a good job there and he has made Sutton into a club that are in the top 6 or 7 in the division and were successful last year and now playing in the Irn-Bru Cup in Scotland and they’ve almost gone International. They won 1-0 in Scotland and now they have Bohemians in Dublin. They’ve got an interesting period ahead for the club and that’s something that we want to try and mirror that by staying in this league and try to mirror their achievements over recent years.”
As glowing as the Gaffer is about the job that has been done at Gander Green Lane over recent years, Lee Bradbury is determined to burst that bubble come 5pm tomorrow evening. “Of course, we do. We’ve been good at home without getting too many results. I’m positive about the performances that we’ve had, and we just need to tighten up on a few things, we’ve worked hard in training this week to address those things both on and off the pitch and I think now the players can start to take things on board and be able to tighten up and get points on the board and points I think we deserve.”
The Hawks boss feels set pieces will be the biggest test that the Hawks defence will face tomorrow is from set pieces. “They’re probably the biggest team that we will play along with Dover in the league but also the experience that they’ve got in the team. They’ve all played at a good level, they’ve all been successful at this level or above and that’s important. I think we need to be at our best to be able to beat them, but we have been at our best and have a couple of times let ourselves down in either box and we need to tighten that up and if we do we will give them a really good game here Saturday.”
Scoring hasn’t seemed to be a problem for the Hawks. 13 goals with 9 different goalscorers in the league. However, Lee Bradbury will be looking to address the goals being shipped in at the other end. With the exemption of the Boreham Wood game, every game that the Hawks have been involved in has seen at least two or more goals scored. “It’s been something (the defensive record) that I have been thinking about all week with hard decisions having to be made. I need to put the best team out in order to be effective, we have been very good defensively over the past two season and especially away from home. Last season we only conceded 10 goals away from home all season and so far in 4 away games we’ve conceded 17. We need that to change and we need to give ourselves a chance in games, rather than scoring 3 or 4 goals to win a game, we can be able to win 1-0.”
With Pompey on their travels, the Hawks boss is hoping that we can keep delivering those big National League crowds. “I hope we get a good crowd tomorrow. It is very important that the fans stay with us and get behind us, they’ve been great so far and hopefully that can stay that way.”