Defensive errors at Dartford frustrate Bromley boss

News Shopper: Liam Harwood (right) tries to prevent Nathan Collier delivering a cross Liam Harwood (right) tries to prevent Nathan Collier delivering a cross

BROMLEY manager Mark Goldberg put Saturday’s 4-2 FA Trophy defeat to Dartford down to defensive errors.

The Conference South side gifted their Kent neighbours three of their four goals but did at least threaten a second half comeback.

Goldberg was proud of his team’s efforts against a side from a higher division, but admitted individual mistakes were costly.

“Our problem was we created chances for us, but also for them,” he said.

“We were sloppy at the back with lapses of concentration - we basically created three of their goals for them.

“I am proud of the boys for controlling the majority of the game.

“We created plenty of good goal scoring opportunities, no one would have argued if we scored four or five ourselves.

“In fact, we should have hit the target on a number of occasions but didn’t.”

Bromley had been on a good run of form going into the Trophy clash, winning four of their last five games.

The visitors had their fair share of possession and the final score didn’t really reflect the game as a whole.

Goldberg claimed you couldn’t tell Dartford were the team in a higher division and Bromley dominated much of the game.

“We deserved a draw out of the game,” he said.

“Our domination before they scored meant nothing though.

“We were all over them and deserved to get back into the game.

“But we gave away another sloppy goal and they took all of their goals well.

“You shouldn’t have to score three or four goals to win a game.

“We need to pick ourselves up.”

Goldberg believes his whole squad can be pleased with their overall efforts, despite the mistakes.

The Bromley boss also felt his second half substitutes made a positive impact on the game, something which is vital with fixtures coming thick and fast this month.

The Hayes Lane outfit do not have the biggest squad and Goldberg clearly wants to add a few more faces to his ranks, but a shoe-string budget is hampering those plans.

“We have a good squad here,” he said.

“The substitutes who came on added something different to the game.

“We don’t have a large squad, so if we get injuries we are going to have a problem.

“I have confidence in our bench as well as our starting 11.

“Our budget has got to stay tight, a club like us can’t afford to splash out on big new signings.

“We will see how we progress in the next few games and if we pick up any injuries.”

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