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Barking manager Gardner pleased with fight back mentality

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:18 25 September 2017

The ball is cleared away from Barking's Jay Knight (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

The ball is cleared away from Barking's Jay Knight (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner pleased with the character his side showed in their late fight back to seal a 3-3 draw against Dereham Town.

A late equaliser from Goldy Capela saved the day for the Blues and helped peg back the high-flying Dereham Town at Aldiss Park and the manager praised the way his side responded to going down.

“I was very disappointed with the first-half and I said to the boys we’re making it easy for them,” Gardner said.

“I’m looking at the positives now though as it was a long journey, we started slow but we pulled it back to 3-3.

“It showed great character and great team spirit as a lot of teams who went 3-1 down after a long journey would have just settled for it and said it was a bad day at the office.”

The boss admits his side’s preparation and their journey played a part in their slow start to the game and believes if they played how they did in the second-half the whole match they could have got three points.

“It was a long journey we left at 11 and didn’t get there until ten to two as we got caught in lots of traffic,” he said.

“It was a long trip for the boys and we started the game really slow and they punished us for it.

“I do feel we were at our best for the whole 90 we would have taken the points.”

Gardner also revealed he’s pleased that three different players all found the net in the match after what he believes has been a slow start for his strikers.

“It’s pleasing that the goals are spread all around,” the former Billericay Town manager said.

“I’ve been a bit hard on the strikers saying they need to hit the net more frequently, so it was great two of them scored as a lot of our goals have come from midfielders and wingers this season.”

He also praised Goldy Capela for netting the equaliser after struggling to get into the team so far this campaign.

“I’m extremely pleased for Goldy who got an important goal for us as he’s been with us all pre-season after joining from Billericay and hasn’t had much of a chance yet.

“I’m just pleased he got off the mark and hopefully we can get him more involved now.”

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