WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley admitted that the 4-3 defeat to Farnborough in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South was a reality check for his side, and that he is looking for a reaction.
The Terras had a 3-1 lead at half-time, after goals from Ben Thomson, Abdulai Baggie and Stephane Zubar was seemingly sending them to victory.
However, a second-half collapse from Weymouth allowed Farnborough to claim all three points and sent the Terras to their first defeat of the season.
Molesley said: “It is a big learning curve, it is a reality check for us.
“I am looking for a reaction now.”
Molesley lamented that his side could have been out of sight after their superb first-half performance which saw them dominate Farnborough and said his side looked shellshocked during the second period.
Molesley said: “It certainly was a big shock. I think that is how we looked in the second half, a bit shellshocked. It was such a good first-half performance.
“We could have been right out of sight.”
Molesley praised his opponents for changing it up in the second half and admitted that his side did not get to grips with it quick enough.
Molesley said: “In the second half, fair play to them. They have come and put us under a lot of pressure and changed it up a little bit and we did not quite get to grips with it quick enough.”
The contrast between the two halves led Molesley to describe the performance as ‘a real Jekyll and Hyde performance’ and described the goals conceded as uncharacteristic.
Molesley said: “It is really disappointing that we have conceded from our point of view, the fashion of the goals was very uncharacteristic.
“We just did not look ourselves. It was a real Jekyll and Hyde performance from being so good in the first half to a poor second half.
“I think its almost a bit of shellshock from everyone involved at the moment.”
The Weymouth boss even said that the second half was probably one of the worst performances of his tenure.
Molesley said: “It was probably one of the worst performances we have had in my tenure in the second half but the first half was one of the best ones.”
Molesley highlighted Farnborough’s second goal as being crucial, which saw Luke Robertson score a rebound following a save from Weymouth goalkeeper Jordan Seabright in the 69th minute.
“The next goal was always going to be important in the second half. Unfortunately we made a really bad error for it. They got the goal and their tails were up and then we just could not swing the momentum back our way.
“We have got to learn from it and manage the game better.”
When asked what he thought the main factors were in the second half Molesley admitted he does not know
Molesley said: “I don’t know. We just lost our way in the second half.
“We needed to manage the game a little bit better, sometimes we had to keep the ball better sometimes we needed to find better areas.
“At the moment it is quite raw, we are hurting at the moment. We will reflect on it, we will look back over it and I am sure we will learn a lot from it but the reaction is key now.”