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Wealdstone boss Bartlett expects a much better performance from his side at Ebbsfleet

PUBLISHED: 10:28 24 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:34 24 August 2014

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett. Pic: Steve Foster

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett. Pic: Steve Foster

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Wealdstone boss Gordon Bartlett spent 45 minutes with his management team picking the bones out of the 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Farnborough.

The Stones were beaten by two excellent strikes from the impressive Matt Ball. Scott McGleish pulled a goal back for the Stones in injury-time but the visitors held on to pick up their first win of the season.

Bartlett admits his team need to up their performance for the match at Ebbsfleet on Monday.

He said: “It is very evident that things are not all rosy when you spend three quarters of an hour with your management team talking about Monday.

“We got here for photographs early and I don’t know whether that had a lacklustre feel about it – we never got out of, I won’t even say second gear.

“The quote in there from Mick when we put the subs on was that we were trying to put lipstick on a pig – just to make it look a little bit better – it was that poor.

“They were great strikes but came from our errors.

“I think we made wrong decisions on too many occasions - we’ve got a bit of work to do.”

Bartlett admits he is still trying to find the right balance but was more concerned by the manner of the performance on Saturday.

He said: “Our lack of fight was bitterly disappointing considering what we built on the last two or three seasons.

“It has thrown up big question marks. The lads were told at half time and told it again at the end – it is not acceptable.

“It probably ranks as the worst Wealdstone performance - not result - that we’ve witnessed for a few years.

“It was the manner of it. We are not result orientated – we are talking about the manner of the performance.

“We were flat and sluggish – I’m trying to find a positive.

“There probably will be a couple of changes on Monday.”

Bartlett is hoping his players will put the Farnborough defeat behind them and pull together for what is likely to be another difficult match at Ebbsfleet.

He said: “We will all travel together to the game at Ebbsfleet.

“They’ve got 23 full-time pros. We’ve got I think 17 part-time semi pros. “They are favourites for a reason but they’ve lost to Whitehawk so I’m sure they are looking at themselves.

“You can’t have an off day in this league without getting punished. We’ve come up a level and the lads have got to realise that.

“I don’t just look at any individual – I think it is collective.

“We as a team, even before the game, we know we’re not right.”

He added: “Don’t sling the baby out with the bathwater though. Today was not good enough – the players know it, the fans know it – we know it.

“We want to get our first win – I think there is a bit of psychology involved in it – we will get on the front foot.

“We will go away, think about it and hopefully come find a solution to get that first win.”

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