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Jason Bristow: We were found wanting
BASINGSTOKE Town’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a disappointing home defeat at the hands of AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.
It was comfortably the poorest performance put on by a Town side in Jason Bristow’s time as manager.
The hosts were unable to deal with a physical Hornchurch outfit and devoid of ideas going forward.
Martin Tuohy gave Hornchurch the lead from the penalty spot seven minutes before the end of a turgid first half. Basingstoke improved after the break but conceded a second on the counter just after the hour and never looked like turning things around.
“We were found wanting today,” Bristow admitted. “Individually and collectively it was not good enough.
“We have not played well for an entire 90 minutes all season. It’s something we need to look at and figure out but hopefully this will be the kick up the backside we needed.”
The Basingstoke cause was not helped by the injury problems currently affecting the squad – but Bristow refused to use that as an excuse.
“Maybe it was a game too far for our stretched squad but the players we had out there should be doing better,” he said. “We are missing key players but the play¬ ers we have got should be good enough and it’s frustrating that we are not at the level we should be at.”