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Barking boss Gardner praises his squad after Maldon victory

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 December 2017

Kiernan Hughes-Mason netted Barking's winner against Maldon (pic Terry Gilbert)

Kiernan Hughes-Mason netted Barking's winner against Maldon (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner can’t praise his squad enough after they made it 12 league matches unbeaten as they fought back to beat Maldon & Tiptree 2-1.

The Blues dispatched Maldon & Tiptree with consummate ease despite going a goal down early on at Mayesbrook Park thanks to goals from Billy Jones and Kiernan Hughes-Mason.

“It’s just another step in the right direction and I cant rate he boys high enough they never know when they’re beaten Abs came in at half time and told the boys we were 2-0 down on Tuesday and we come back and got the draw so at 1-0 were capable of turning the result around,” Gardner said.

“There is just a real togetherness about the squad.

“In terms of the performance I think it’s definitely our best 90 minutes of the season against promotion favourites and a team that trains full time, so for 90 minutes I thought we were outstanding.”

The boss also heaped praised on his men for knuckling down after conceding a penalty and believes fitness played a part in their victory.

“In the first half I know we went down 1-0 to a dubious penalty and I told the boys we’re by far the better team and we could have had double figures in terms of goals.

“It’s disappointing that we conceded a penalty because I don’t think they had a clear cut chance all game and that’s something against a side with professionals in the team and are favourites to win the league.

“The performance was second to none we matched them all over the pitch and my coaches said to me who looks the fitter side with 10 minutes left to play because I did think they would be fitter than us because they train full time and they weren’t so that was pleasing.”

The former Aveley and Billericay Town manager did admit he was disappointed to see his side cautioned so many times in the match as Hussain Jaffa, Tiob Adeyemi, Alan Taylor, Billy Jones and Kiernan Hughes-Mason all picked up yellow cards.

“I’m disappointed because I think it was five yellow cards we ended up with and I don’t think any of them warranted a yellow card so that’s a bit frustrating on that side of things.”

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