Simon Wormull said former Lewes player Jefferson Louis was the difference between Lewes and the big-spenders of Whitehawk on Saturday.
Wormull’s men were leading the Hawks 2-0 when Louis, who played for the Rooks briefly in 2005, came off the bench to inspire his side to a remarkable winning comeback. The 33-year-old has also played for the likes of Mansfield Town, Wrexham and Crawley, and Wormull – and joined the Hawks on loan last month from Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Newport County. And the Rooks boss clearly felt having a player of that quality in reserve was always likely to hurt Lewes.
He said: “For 70 minutes of the game we were completely dominant, and were well worth the 2-0 lead. The big difference was when they brought Jefferson Louis on; he set up their first goal, scored the second and set up their third.
“When you can bring on a Blue Square Premier forward, a former Football League player, then you have a big advantage. He’s a top quality player and very strongso he made a big difference.
“They also scored quite quickly after we went 2-0 up, which helped them. But I think a neutral watching that game would have thought we were the top-of-the-table side.”
Wormull also said a difference in the way the teams took their chances had a direct bearing on the result. “They have three shots and score three goals; we have 10 shots and score two. But it’s something we can learn from, definitely. We can learn lessons from that kind of thing.
“We just need to take our chances and start converting some of the draws we’ve been getting into wins. But there were 680 people at the game on Saturday and our players got applauded off – even though we lost. That says something.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow at Concord Rangers, Wormull said: We’re kind of similar sides. They’re a hard-working outfit but like to play and they’ve got someone up front (Tony) Stokes who we need to be wary of.
“They’re one of the form sides [with four wins and 14 points from the last six games, are second only to Margate in the divisional form table] but I feel we’re coming into form. My job now is keeping players fit.”
Jack Walder is struggling with a knock to the knee, while Karl Beckford has a hamstring issue, though is more hopeful of playing. But Steve Brinkhurst is set to return from illness and Jamie Strong is expected to make his first start for the team.