Manager Neil Smith was frustrated with Saturday’s narrow defeat to FC Halifax Town, as a nightmare period in the first half gave ten man Bromley a mountain to climb in the second 45.

“We shouldn’t have to go a goal down to liven us up, and then go two down, lose a player and then score one before half time. I’d expect that from the start of the game. I can never question the players’ attitude and desire, but we should be starting games how we started the second half, it was a disappointing first half. It was two soft goals again and then the boys put in a shift after the break, but I needed that at the start of the game like we did at the start of the season. We’re gifting too many goals at the moment.” 

“I never questioned the players’ character, they want to do it for each other, they want to do it for the club, and they want to do it for themselves. Like I said, we worked on how they played, we knew they looked for one over the top, we knew not to get caught square and we did exactly what we had been training not to, and then we lose Jack. Not only that, but they score from that free-kick. If it’s a penalty, he would’ve got a yellow card and we would still have 11 players, so we got the double whammy. We got the goal in injury time and then there was belief, but I need that belief from the start of the game. They believe in themselves, but they’ve got to show it.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s visit of Solihull Moors, Smith added;

“I need the crowd to get behind them. We’re having a difficult spell but the support has always been brilliant. Even the supporters that came up today were amazing and to clap the boys off after a very timid first 30 minutes just shows their loyalty and support to the players and it’s about time we give them something back. That starts on Saturday at home, it’s time to get back to winning ways and we’ll only get that by working hard.”

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