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Barking boss Gardner disappointed not to take three points off Canvey Island

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 February 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner feels his men could have got more than a point against high-flying Canvey Island after being held to a 1-1 draw at Park Lane.

The visitors had the better of the first half and took the lead with another Billy Jones penalty.

But the Gulls rallied after the restart and levelled within eight minutes thanks to Frankie Merrifield to ensure honours finished even.

“I’m pretty disappointed we didn’t get more out of the game to be honest,” Gardner said.

“First-half I felt we should have had a couple of goals.

“I thought it was a decent game and credit to Canvey they came out and probably edged the second-half.”

Gardner admits a draw was probably fair but feels his side had the better chances and if they’d taken them they would have come away with all three.

“Was a draw a fair result, probably but I felt we had more and better chances,” he said.

“They had to make changes to their formation to counter us, which shows we was causing them problems, so that was pleasing.”

A long ball found Jones, who got past Sheehan and was fouled by Merrifield, who was shown a second yellow card and dismissed in the 88th minute and boss Gardner wishes the referee just played the advantage.

“I wish the referee played the advantage as we would have been through on goal and I felt we could have scored.

“I felt we were punished as it prevented us a goal scoring opportunity and their player just ended up taking one for the team.”

Although, the manager was positive about the performance and with the point, despite feeling like they should have got more.

“We never looked in any danger of losing the game,” Gardner said.

“As I said to the boys you can’t be disappointed about our performance and effort.

“If you’d have said to me beforehand you can have a point, I would have taken that.”

The Blues also had some extra support at the match on Saturday and Gardner is hoping they can have them at more matches in the future.

“It was a good atmosphere on Saturday as we had a few random fans come support us, there was a coach load of them of about 70, so hopefully we’ll have them at more matches with us.”

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