Hippolyte tells Magpies they've let no one down after defeat to Havant
‘You’ve let no one down’ was the message from manager Johnson Hippolyte after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Havant & Waterlooville at York Road this afternoon.
The manager was disappointed with the result, but not the performance, and said the side showed terrific character to fight back and create chances against the visitors who went on to record their fourth successive victory.
Two special strikes from the former Newcastle United academy player JJ Hooper put the Hawks on their way to three points at York Road, but Hippolyte urged his players to keep their heads held high.
“I’ve told them there will be days when they should go home and keep their heads down because they’ve let Maidenhead down, but today wasn’t one of them days,” he said.
“We had a mix and match side out that was put together because we have players that have the flu and some who are out injured. At the last minute we thought that Simon Downer would be okay but he wasn’t.
“After 25 minutes we were two-goals down and I thought we’d been very poor. Their second was a great goal but we could have got out to him better.”
The Magpies boss was disappointed the side didn’t manage to put away at least one of the chances that fell their way.
“We were really good after the first 20 minutes. We created four, maybe five chances in the first half and you have to take at least one of them. Tashan (Adeyinka) has had a chance, Tarps (Dave Tarpey) has had one, Adrian (Clifton) and Reece Tison had one and you’ve got to score one or two of them. So it’s frustrating.
“But from going one or two down early against a good side we could have lost by four, five or six, but we showed character. We kept at it; we defended well in the second half and again created chances, but we couldn’t take them.”