Rusty start cost Potters Bar, according to boss Lee

PUBLISHED: 06:46 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Adam Lee looks on as his Bar side were beaten 4-2 by East thurrock United

Adam Lee looks on as his Bar side were beaten 4-2 by East thurrock United

ADAM Lee admitted his side looked rusty as they were beaten 4-2 by East Thurrock United on Saturday. The Scholars had not had a league fixture for three weeks prior to the game. It was not that surprising his team started slowly. However, Town found the

ADAM Lee admitted his side looked "rusty" as they were beaten 4-2 by East Thurrock United on Saturday.

The Scholars had not had a league fixture for three weeks prior to the game.

It was not that surprising his team started slowly.

However, Town found themselves 3-0 down at the break and with a mountain to climb if they were to get anything from the match.

Lee said: "We looked a little bit rusty for the first 15 to 20 minutes. Against a side that are near the top it was difficult to claw it back."

The first goal Bar conceded was from the penalty spot after Joe O'Brien was adjudged to have handled a shot in the area.

Lee was not happy with the decision. "I hate wanting to talk about officials, but it was a difficult decision.

"I didn't think it was a deliberate handball that warranted a penalty," he said.

"We were naïve in conceding a second goal so soon after our kick-off.

"It was a misplaced pass and we gave away a silly free-kick on the edge of the box and to be fair the lad stuck it away well."

Before the break Bar let in a third and were really up against it.

However, after the interval Sam Adejokun pulled one back for Bar and they made a real game of it.

Lee was pleased with how his side responded after half-time.

"I thought the boys rattled them for a period in the second half, it wasn't as comfortable as perhaps it could have been.

"We got a second goal and didn't quit.

"We are just asking the players to make sure they learn from their mistakes."

Potters Bar travel away to Concord Rangers this Saturday in the league.

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