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Bradbury: "I thought the lads were very competitive"

By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury was disappointed to lose out to a 85th minute Conor Chaplin winner at Westleigh Park yesterday but sees that as a yard stick of how far the club have come in a positive post match message.

“We done well.” He said. “The first 60 minutes I thought the lads were very competitive and then the second half lads came on to try and contain them with some fresh legs but they’ve (Portsmouth) have got some really good quality no matter who plays.”

“It would have been nice to have got a draw from this game but I thought this game showed we’ve improved as a team and as a club and that’s a good thing.”

The gaffer said he could “possibly” read into the performance and result of this years fixture than the previous two 5-0 defeats over recent years.

“I think we were much more competitive all over the pitch. When they scored we didn’t go under, we continued to try and get on the ball and obviously the threats that they’ve got in Conor Chaplin, who always has a habit of scoring against us, but then he does against most sides to be fair." 

“We were happy with the 90 minutes and it gets some minutes into the lads.”

And it was nearly the case of what might have been for the Hawks in the second half as Alfie Rutherford was inches away from putting the Hawks 2-1 in front.

“Alfie was very close. Good little run, done well to wiggle his way into the box and then just went wide of the post. It would have been nice if it nestled into the net but overall a really good experience for the lads today and some good minutes in their legs on a really hot day.”


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