Simon Wormull revealed his half time team talk that inspired Lewes’ incredible second half comeback against Hendon was to warn his players they daren’t end their play-off hopes in a “whimper”.
The Rooks were trailing to a first half Belal Aite-Ouakrim goal – and had been decidedly second best for large parts of the first period, with too many long balls from the back failing to reach anything like a team-mate on too many occasions.
But the Rooks came back out after the break and swept the floor with the play-off rivals, scoring three goals within seven minutes of the restart.
And Wormull revealed after the game that he made it clear to his players at the break that defeat today would effectively write off their play-off hopes this season.
He said: “It was a poor performance (first half), not necessarily work rate but with the ball. The quality we had in the side we didn’t use the ball as well as we could have done.
“So then it was kind of just a case of letting them (the players) know: that if we’re going to go down in a whimper, we’re going to give our chances up today... that if we lose we’re really out of it.
“So we don’t want to do that: we don’t want to finish the last five games of the season with nothing to play for.
“And the response, like you saw, was unbelievable.
“We score within 30 seconds of the second half starting and to be honest, for 10 minutes we were devastating.
“And if we can play like that, or in periods play like that, there’s not going to be any teams that can hold us.”