Bullard full of praise for Worthing’s attacking prowess

Leatherhead boss Jimmy Bullard. Picture: Steve Robards

Leatherhead boss Jimmy Bullard. Picture: Steve Robards

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Jimmy Bullard was full of praise for Worthing Football Club’s attacking talent after seeing his Leatherhead side slip to a 3-2 Ryman League Premier Division defeat at Woodside Road last night.

Goals from Brannon O’Neill, Sam Rents - his first since returning to Worthing in the summer - and Lloyd Dawes helped Worthing back to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat at Needham Market on Saturday.

Jimmy Bullard gives his Leatherhead side orders at Burgess Hill earlier this season. Picture: Steve Robards

Jimmy Bullard gives his Leatherhead side orders at Burgess Hill earlier this season. Picture: Steve Robards

Former Ipswich, Hull City and Fulham midfielder Bullard, who took charge of Leatherhead last month, believes Worthing were the best team going forward he has faced in his eight games so far and said: “Worthing thoroughly deserved the win and our goalkeeper kept us in it second half. They had some individuals that I’d love to have for choice in my team.

“I thought they were phenomenal really and I was clapping on the sideline at some of the play they produced.

“I’d say they were the best we’ve played against going forward so far, they were frightening at times. Every time they came forward they looked dangerous and we struggled to cope.

“Will Hendon, Kane Wills, although he’s an older head, Omar Bugiel and Lloyd Dawes were four that really impressed me. Them four going forward, especially Omar, were fantastic and Will wants to join in from right-back.”

As well as Worthing played, Bullard felt his side could have done better at the back.

He added: “We had some good stuff going forward but we are frail at the back at the minute.

“There were some real good positives but some bad negatives at the same time.

“It was a shocking start, we turned up late and I don’t care what league you are, if you turn up late then you are going to struggle to win any football match.”

Leatherhead’s latest defeat condemned Bullard to a fourth loss from eight league games so far.

Despite only collecting six points from a possible 24 to date, the former Fulham midfield man feels he is seeing signs of improvement.

He said: “I’ve loved every minute of it so far, to be fair all the negatives I have touched upon, the boys have been brilliant.

“We’ve totally transformed and they’ve taken on what I want them to do in abundance.”

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