Percival slams first-half display from Wealdstone in defeat to Eastbourne

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 December 2018

Action from Wealdstone's match with Eastbourne (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

Action from Wealdstone's match with Eastbourne (pic Geoff Smith/top-pic photography)

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Stones were a man down at the break and trailed by two, before conceding a third in the second half after missing a penalty

Mike Percival believes a terrible first-half display from Wealdstone did the damage in a 3-0 defeat at home to Eastbourne Borough in the Vanarama National League South.

Goals from Ryan Hall and Dean Cox saw the Stones trial 2-0 at the break, having also had Christian Smith dismissed in the first half.

The second half saw an improvement from the Grosvenor Vale outfit, but Danny Green missed a penalty before Hall sealed the win for the Sports with his second.

It was some comedown for Wealdstone following last weekend’s tremendous win at divisional rivals Concord Rangers in the FA Trophy.

And assistant manager Percival expressed his disappointment at how far the level of performance from Stones had dropped in just a week.

“We’ve gone from last week, where the first 60 minutes was one of the best performances we’ve had since we’ve been at Wealdstone, to the first 45 minutes on Saturday, which was without a doubt the worst performance we’ve had,” he told the club website.

“We lost the battles all over the park and the problem is when you have five or six of your key performers playing well below par, you can’t win games of football.

“You can carry players if eight or nine of you are playing well, but when you have key performers, who I won’t name, but who know who they are, not performing to the levels we’re used to, you’re going to be on the end of results like we were on Saturday.

“The first half was very disappointing, but we had enough chances in the second half to potentially take something out of the game.

“We missed a penalty, hit the bar, hit the post and there were a few deliveries into the box that we should have got on the end of.

“Credit to the boys, the sign of a good squad is to create the chances we did with 10 men, but the first-half performance absolutely killed us.”

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