Simon Wormull declared himself unhappy with the performance of his Lewes team today after the Rooks needed to come from behind to knock out county league opposition in the FA Cup.
The Rooks recovered from an early Jimmy Davies goal to beat Redhill 3-1 to progress to the second qualifying round of the cup.
Wormull was pleased a potentially tricky trip to east Surrey had been negotiated – but added that his troops had ‘not been up to scratch’ in terms of passing and overall sharpness.
He said: “It was a good win for the club, it means we progress to the next round.
“(But) performance-wise I think we made it very difficult for ourselves today, when it could have been easier.
“Yes, it was always going to be a tough game with their enthusiasm – they’ve had a very good start to the season. But I think in our play, in general we made hard work of it.
“Just the sharpness of the passing today wasn’t up to scratch. I think with these sorts of teams, the lower league teams, when you do start to pass they can’t live with it – and I don’t think we did it enough today.”
With captain and towering centre half Steve Robinson out injured alongside Karl Beckford – both crocked from knocks picked up against Canvey Island last week – Wormull really could have done without ANOTHER two injuries picked up during play today.
First, right back Lee Cooper had to go off midway through the first half, then stand-in captain Chris Breach failed to return after the break after picking up an injury during the first period.
Wormull said: “Coops got a whack on his ankle early on; hopefully it’s just a kick so it’s not too bad.
“Breachy actually turned his ankle early on and tried to play on with it, but he’ll be all right hopefully next week.
“And then obviously we’ve got Robbo to come back in, he’s got a thigh injury, and Becks a groin. So hopefully they’ll be back next Saturday. We’re just wrapping them in cotton wool at the moment cos we’re running out!”
Of the players who either reshuffled their positions or who came off the bench to do sterling jobs in defence, Wormull said: “Charlie (Leach) is obviously an accomplished defender – he can play left back, right back; even at the age of 18 he’s still got a bit of experience.
“Lewie (Lewis Hamilton) has come into the middle and done great with Jay (Conroy) – normally they’re both full backs and they’ve done great.
“And then Layton (Schaaf) – obviously he doesn’t really play there (right back) but he was fantastic, he did well.”
As for avoiding the necessity of a replay, Worms said: “That was important to be honest. We were there to be shot at. Like I said, they haven’t lost a game in the league this year; they’re confident they’re bouyant, and I think they really did fancy themselves today.
“So for us to come to a difficult place, difficult pitch, roasting hot conditions and get the result – we have to be happy with that, and we move into hopefully a good draw for the next round.”