Farnborough conceded three second-half goals in midweek home howler
Realist Spencer Day put Farnborough's 4-2 home defeat against Bath City down to “one of those days” – and said over-expectant supporters needed to live in the real world if they were hopeful of a promotion push this term.
The Boro boss hit out as his below-par side were humbled by their lowly visitors on Tuesday night after squandering a 2-1 second-half lead.
Back-to-back victories over Tonbridge Angels and Chelmsford City had instilled a renewed belief around Paddy Power Park with Boro in sight of the Skrill South play-off places.
But Day believes this rude awakening should act as a warning sign that the club are still punching well above their weight.
“We were abysmal, it was one of the worst performances from any Farnborough team I’ve been in charge of,” he said.
“But we need to live in the real world here. We’re not in a position where we can go for promotion and it’s one of those occasions where it’s best to store it away in the locker and put it down to just one of those days.
“We’ve got two very difficult games coming up [at home to Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday and away at Maidenhead United on Tuesday] and it’s about trying to recover and moving forward, and we need the fans to help us do that.
“When’s there’s one or two playing badly you can get away with it, but when you have eight or nine out of sorts and wholesale changes in the back four, that's what happens and we got what we deserved.”
Day bolstered his threadbare squad with the loan signing of young Leyton Orient midfielder Harry Lee this week – and is now on the trail of an experienced Conference South campaigner to help provide added leadership qualities in the centre of the park.
Lee, 18, took his place on the bench on Tuesday night and saw his new team-mates overrun for long spells of the first half with Bath taking a deserved lead on 35 minutes when Ross Stearn’s well-taken free kick flew past keeper Kevin Scriven.
Day’s men, however, were handed a lifeline a minute before the break when former Boro defender Sekani Simpson slipped and Elvis Hammond pounced before firing home.
A half-time dressing down from the boss seemed to do the trick at the start of the second half as Boro came out fighting.
Phil Page somehow missed the chance to put them in front before Scott Donnelly showed him how it was done on 49 minutes with a shot which took a deflection off Dan Bowman for his seventh goal of the season.
But much like the home defeat by Hayes & Yeading a fortnight ago, Boro failed to hang on and after Dan Ball levelled things up on the hour, Noah Keats put Bath back in front with 13 minutes left.
On replacing Ollie Treacher, who suffered a bout of cramp, Lee led a desperate attempt to salvage a late point, but Boro were hit by the sucker punch in injury time when David Pratt fired a fourth past Scriven to complete a miserable night.
BORO: Scriven, Akuruka, Treacher (Lee), Jones (Macklin), Inns, Huggins, Bennett, Laidler, Page, Hammond, Donnelly (Tarpey). Subs: Fofana, Lovett.
Ref: Andrew Laver. Att: 352.