JOINT-boss Lee Hughes admitted indecision had proved final after Worcester City blew three-goal lead in today’s 3-3 draw with Bromsgrove Sporting.

The ex-West Bromwich Albion striker netted twice in the Boxing Day bonanza, a delightful lob in the 25th minute followed by a cool finish to put City 3-0 up 29 seconds after half-time.

But Sporting, who had introduced John Pykett and Connor Deards at the interval in a bid to inject life into a listless performance, never gave in and were good value for their point by the end.

And although Hughes was quick to praise the never-say-die attitude of both teams, he conceded that City’s shift from the no-nonsense standard set in the opening 45 minutes had proved costly.

“It was end to end and probably good for any neutral fans but it was disappointing to give away three goals,” said Hughes.

“Decision making let us down, we should have seen out the game by putting it in the corners and giving them more decisions to make.

“That is maybe why some of the players are here and at this level but the effort and desire of both teams could not be faulted.

“Now we have to pick up the lads because the effort was first class, it was just the choices we made in big moments.

“We got in behind them quite a few times, got ourselves in the box and laid off quite a few chances so it was a shame not to see through the win.

“I have been in games like that before. I remember being 3-0 down at Upton Park (West Ham) with West Brom and we came back to win 4-3.

“It only ever takes a goal, especially in games like these when there is a big crowd to get behind them. The momentum was with them and they got back into the game but it was as much about our bad decisions at certain points.

“We were going for the three points at every stage, though. We did not want to sit there or play for a draw even when they got their third. Hopefully we can turn the tables on New Year’s Day.”

Hughes still afforded himself a smile having been asked to reflect on his first strike, one he revealed had been a regular part of his training ground repertoire.

“I do that all of the time in training and have done it in games before,” said Hughes.

“I chopped the lad, saw the keeper had stepped out and thought ‘I am chipping him here’. It went straight in the corner.”

The shared spoils meant City lost the chance to gain ground at the Midland League Premier Division summit with each of the top five picking up one point from Boxing Day fixtures.