Smith wants response from Bromley
PUBLISHED: 08:15 02 November 2018
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Ravens suffered losses to Braintree Town and Boreham Wood in past week
Neil Smith is demanding a response from Bromley when they host Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.
The Ravens were beaten 4-2 at home to struggling Braintree Town on Tuesday, which followed a 2-1 loss at Boreham Wood on Saturday.
The midweek defeat to Braintree left Smith seething, and the Bromley boss has called on his team to deliver a vast improvement at home to Hartlepool this Saturday.
“It will be another difficult game on Saturday if we play like we did on Tuesday,” Smith told the club website.
“Play like we did on Tuesday and any game will be difficult, no matter who you’re playing.
“After the last few weeks of having that good run, maybe people thought we had cracked it.
“You don’t crack it; you have to keep on working hard and keep doing the basics, which we didn’t do on Tuesday.”
At Boreham Wood on Saturday, Bromley took the lead in the 27th minute through Omar Bugiel, before the hosts hit back to triumph.
Worse was to come on Tuesday at the Ravens went shipped four at home to a Braintree side in the relegation zone.
The Hayes Lane club trailed 2-1 at the break, with Joe Quigley on target against the Iron.
Bugiel netted his second goal in as many games after the restart, but again ended up on the losing side as Bromley could not mount a successful comeback.
And Smith was leaving no one uncertain with how he felt about the display from his Ravens on Tuesday.
He added: “The first half was so below-par, it was untrue. Especially after the past few weeks and as good as we were in the first half at Boreham Wood, we were as poor in the first half on Tuesday.
“I won’t go through them, but I could probably name five players who weren’t doing as well as they should have been doing.”
“Even at 3-2, I thought we were going to come back, but when you’re pushing forward, you can maybe get hit on the break, which we did.
“It was the first half I was disappointed with; we prepared for a game against Braintree, knowing they’re very direct and energy-based, but we didn’t cope with it in the first half.”
Smith will hope there is no repeat of that disastrous first half on Tuesday from Bromley when they welcome Hartlepool this weekend.