Dennis Kutrieb felt some of his side’s early season defensive demons returned to haunt them at Welling United last night as he saw his side score three, battle back from a two-goal deficit but ultimately allow the home team to grab a fourth that proved to be the matchwinner.
“We conceded these goals too easily,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “The defending was not good enough today, and then you can’t win a game. It doesn’t matter if it’s Havant, if it’s Welling, or who else in the league, you need to prepare for every opponent and if you’re not focused enough in defending – and we had this earlier in the season and we improved and got a little bit better – but today it was back again.
“If you score three goals away, you need to win this game, that’s a matter of fact, so I think my feeling was we lost too much energy on Saturday. You could see some boys today which were a little bit flat, where I normally see that they have enough energy to bring a little bit more on the pitch and that was missing today.”
“When you score three goals away, and that was a big effort from the boys, to come back in the game to 3-3, then you can’t concede another goal and [expect to] run again. So that was too sloppy today to concede four goals away.”
Nevertheless, the Fleet boss felt his side brought a fight and determination into the game to recover from a two-goal deficit – and he also praised Welling’s tenacity in their approach to Steve Lovell’s first home match in charge.
“They had [a point to prove] and they did, so credit to them,” said Kutrieb. “They had problems after 20 minutes [with an injury to Scott Doe] so you can see they fought every minute on the pitch and everywhere on the pitch. My boys did the same, I can’t say they didn’t fight because they gave us a great fight coming back from two goals down.
“We had two big chances in the first two minutes so you have to get the lead. When you start with an early goal and get the lead, perhaps the game will go in another direction. They have to come [at you], you can manage the game, you can try to score a second goal. But today nearly every chance was a goal. It’s hard to take for me and hard to take for the boys but we can’t suffer too much because we have to go for another tough game on Saturday.
“We need to recover quickly as Saturday is a completely other game. [Dorking] try to play football, they are full of confidence but we need to get a result and get the three points back which we lost today.”
Sefa Kahraman’s absence was one that forced a change in the teamsheet on Tuesday night and Kutrieb said his staff will assess a couple of minor injuries to players, while also bearing in mind impending suspensions for Lee Martin and Chris Solly.
“We had little small injuries so we picked another squad today because of [those],” he said. “But we will handle it the next days so we can say on Saturday who’s ready to go.”