Smith fuming after Bromley lose again

Bromley 0 Wrexham 2

BROMLEY fell to defeat in another disastrous afternoon at Hayes Lane as they went down 2-0 at the hands of struggling Wrexham.

It is the Ravens’ sixth defeat in seven games in 2020, a run which now makes them outsiders for the play-off places.

The game started off lively but it was the away side who had the chances, with Mark Cousins in the Bromley goal forced to be alert from the off.

Wrexham, who despite their league position do score a fair amount of goals, took the lead on 11 minutes through Davis Keillor-Dunn, who was making his first start for the visitors.

He picked the ball up just inside his own half and glided past three Bromley defenders with ease before passing the ball calmly past Cousins.

It was a fantastic goal with some excellent footwork on display, but in reality the defending was poor.

Manager Neil Smith will surely have been alarmed at the ease Dunn managed to drive through the heart of his midfield – he was virtually unopposed until he reached the 18-yard box.

Bromley might feel aggrieved that they were not awarded a penalty minutes later. Corey Whitely capitalised on a mistake from Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson, before he was muscled to the ground by Luke Young.

They have been given in the past, but Wrexham probably would have felt hard done by had referee Declan Bourne pointed to the spot.

Whitely continued to be a threat, along with Luke Coulson who continued to deliver some excellent crosses into the Wrexham box.

Whitely had a good chance to level after he beat the Wrexham defence, but he blazed his shot over the bar.

There was no doubt some strong words were said by Smith at the break because Bromley started the second period well. Chris Bush saw his dipping free-kick well saved by Rob Lainton on 52 minutes, although it was a comfortable height for the keeper.

The away side was always a threat in the other direction though. Keillor-Dunn continued to be dangerous and was denied a second by Cousins, who leapt well to keep the shot out.

Bromley started to throw everything forward as they went in search of an elusive equaliser.

They came close through Whitely again and debutant Aaron Rowe, whose performance was one of few positives to take out of Saturday’s encounter.

Their fate was sealed on 90 minutes when Jordan Ponticelli shot into the far corner of Cousins’ net after driving at a depleted Bromley defence.

Bromley was not totally abject, but some of the defending on display really left much to be desired.

Neil Smith was not at all happy with his side’s performance: “Fuming. Angry. That’s what I feel.

“We’ve had a chat and they’ve told us their feelings. They know they’ve let everybody down. As manager I take full responsibility and I’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Bromley just can’t seem to convert pressure into goals at the moment, and Smith revealed the core issue: “I need brave players in front of goal who are willing to miss to be brutally honest. Just take a shot. We have to make sure we’re up for next week.

“I need any game. I want a game Tuesday. It’s a long week to dwell on what we’ve just done. I can go through every aspect of the game. It was not good enough.”

The result leaves Bromley in ninth place. Although they are just four points off the play-off places, they have played at least one more game than everybody above them.

They welcome local rivals, Sutton, to Hayes Lane this Saturday, February 29.

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