BRADFORD (Park Avenue) assistant manager Danny Boshell believes a few of his players failed to turn up in their 3-1 defeat against Leamington, but insists it is to be expected with a young squad.

Sam Osborne and Simeon Maye both netted in a dominate first half for the visitors.

Brad Dockery scored to give Avenue hope before Osborne's stunning finish dashed away any dreams of a comeback.

Boshell, who was sitting in for Mark Bower as the main man on the touchline, thinks the tight match was won by his team conceding avoidable goals.

He said: "I am disappointed to lose the game in the manner we did. We made it quite easy for them to score.

"There wasn’t much in the game. First half, they got a goal from a long punt, their lad flicked it on and got in. You give yourself a mountain to climb straight away.

"The one before the break meant they could just sit in second half to make it hard for us.

"I said we need to pass it more rather than banging it up top because that is not Lewis’ (Knight) game.

"The third goal killed us off. It was a great finish from the lad but aspects leading up to it were disappointing. It could have been avoided.

"We had too many who were off their game. You can afford to carry a couple, but there were four or five not at the levels of previous weeks.

"We seemed a bit flat but that is what you are going to get. There are some young boys in that team and you get that inconsistency."

The new Horsfall 3G pitch has certainly not been a happy hunting ground so far. That was Bradford's third successive home loss.

Boshell is not reading too much into it though and blames a lack of quality in the final third.

He added: "Apart from the Telford game, we have played quite well at home. Results might have gone against us but performances have been pretty good.

"You put your chances away and your outlook is completely different. We had more shots, corners and free kicks than them but it’s about putting the ball into the back of the net."

Jake Hibbs received a late red card to reduce Park Avenue's midfield numbers even more.

"It looks like he (Hibbs) has gone for the ball. I wouldn’t want to comment on it too much because I would like to see it again.

"It is going to kill us going into games over Christmas. We have already got Tully (Ryan Toulson) suspended, and with the injuries we’ve got, we are going to be down to the bare bones."