Havant & Waterlooville manager Lee Bradbury is expecting a reaction from his side as they visit Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Hawks lost 1-0 to Metropolitan Police in FA Cup 4th Qualifying last weekend, a side two league below them and Bradbury wants his side to respond at the Breyer Group Stadium. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk “a bit of pride needs to be installed back into this team and show how much last weeks performance and result hurt them”.
- Sit 21st on 11 points – three from Safety
- League Record – P16 W2 D5 L9 F18 A30
- One win in last 12 – W1 D3 L8 (win 2-1 vs Aldershot, 05/09/2018)
A Jack Mazzone strike five minutes before half time saw Havant fall to their fourth consecutive defeat at Met Police. Bradbury was fuming with his sides performance last weekend stating to Portsmouth.co.uk “I told the players they should be embarrassed by their performance . The most disappointing aspect was our lack of application. To say that I am spitting nails is an understatement. We were outworked, outmuscled and outrun by a team two league below us. It hurts me to say it”.
- Kept just one clean sheet this season
- No clean sheet in last 15 – just one in their last 19 games
- Conceded two or more goals in 8/16 league games
- No clean sheet in last eight away games
- Conceded 17/30 league goals in second half – eight of their last 13
- Only Dover (31) have conceded more
Havant are in their first season at this level after back to back promotions in the last two years. It has been a tough start to life in the National League and the Hawks are currently eight without a win. Following defeat last Saturday, Bradbury revealed to Portsmouth.co.uk “we need to act and I will have to speak to the board. Either we need to go full time to make a difference with the players or we have got or we need to bring in better players”.
With no midweek game, it has been a tough week on the training pitch for Bradbury’s men trying to find a solution to grab their first win since September. The O’s have the highest home attendance in the League and Bradbury is hoping his side can use that on Saturday. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk “we’ve had a good weeks training, the lads have been on it as you’d expect and now we are looking for a performance up at Leyton Orient. A tough place to go, lost only once, we’ve got our hands full. A big crowd and we have to use it to our advantage”.
- Failed to score in six games
- Not scored in their last four games
- Have gone 360 minutes without scoring
- Failed to score in their last two away games
- Scored 11/18 goals in second half – 8/12 away goals
Havant have only won once away this season and heading to a side third in the League Bradbury knows that no one will give them a chance tomorrow. But being heavy outsiders, he highlights there are no expectations on his side. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk “all the pressure is on them, some think they will wipe the floor with us. A team that came up last year and are fourth from bottom. Their crowd will be expecting. So we’re hoping to frustrate them a little and use our quality that we’ve got in our team, then I think we can cause an upset”.
- Away League Record – P8 W1 D2 L5 F12 A21
- Only Dover, Aldershot (4) and Dagenham (3) have taken less points away
- Worst defensive record in league
- No win in last six – D2 L4 Conceding 12
- Only win was 4-3 vs Braintree, 18/08/2018
The Hawks have lost their last four games by the solidary goal and Bradbury highlights his side must start well and keep Orient out in the early stages if they are to get a result. Speaking to havantandwaterloovillefc.co.uk “it’s important that we go there, stay in the game for as long as we can and frustrate the team and the supporters around them because they’re expecting a win”. He added “what we’ve got to do is go and do our best and if we can do that, then I think we can come back with something whether it be a point or three”.
- Seven of their nine defeats have been by just one goal
- Taken just two points against the current top seven – D2 L4
Andreas Robinson is suspended after getting sent off at Met Police for two cautions. Brain Stock should be back after he sat our last weekend’s game with illness. Tyler Cordner is available after being cup tied last week.
Last Time Out – 1-0 loss vs Met Police
Prediction – Leyton Orient 3-0 Havant & Waterlooville