JOHN Maggs hinted at complacency creeping into his Horsham players minds as the reason for their surprise defeat at struggling Aveley on Saturday.
The 1-0 loss was the Hornets first in nine matches since the 2-0 cup win over Crawley and stopped a run of five straight wins in all competitions.
Horsham suffered a double blow when Mark Knee and Billy Dunn aggravated previous leg injuries and hobbled off mid-way through the first half and on a terrible pitch Orlando Smith’s second-half strike sealed a vital win for Aveley, who created the better chances after half-time.
Maggs said: “People say oh we’re going to Aveley that’s an easy three points but my question is why?
“You could have said that when we played Sutton on the other side of the coin when they expected to win. It happens in football, nothing surprises me, especially this year when the form book has gone out of the window.
“Even at the top level you have Stevenage knocking Newcastle out of the cup and other strange results, just look at Horsham YMCA on Saturday beating top of the league Met Police.
“It’s 11 against 11 and the players have got to get this into their minds. They think on the run we’re on they can just turn up and get the result, it’s not like that in football.”
Horsham are due to host Harrow Borough at Gorings Mead on Tuesday night in the league, although the heavy weekend rain has put it in doubt with Maggs calling the pitch “a lake”.
And the boss warned: “OK so we got beat at Aveley, but we are on a good run at the moment and we have got to bounce back and look to go on another little run. We don’t want to fall back to the way we were playing earlier in the season.”