Boss Gardner impressed with Barking

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2017

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

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

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Barking manager Justin Gardner was more than happy with his side following their 1-0 win over Bostik North rivals Ware on Tuesday night.

Theo Ola’s 72nd-minute penalty proved enough, as Blues dominated proceedings, and goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide impressed on his debut after signing an emergency loan deal from Clapton.

Gardner said: “I was very impressed with how it went. I sound like a bit of a broken record, but I think we could have scored many more goals.

“We didn’t take our chances, but we put in a very mature performance. It looked like we had experience out there. We were the better team, we deserved the victory.

“I can’t fault anyone that come on. Even the subs that come on and the subs that didn’t play. The attitude from the warm-up to when we arrived, I knew we were up for it.

“I knew they would be up for it because we beat them 1-0 last time.”

Ola was denied by the legs of Ware keeper Tom Coulton in the first half, but made the breakthrough from the spot after being brought down in the box after a mazy run.

Ben O’Brien made some crucial challenges in the closing stages, with Billy Jones making a welcome return from injury as a late substitute.

And Barking held on for all three points, running the clock down to the delight of the boss.

Gardner added: “I wuoldn’t say it’s something we’ve been working on in training, but it’s something we’ve talked about and I’m happy so many of the boys took it upon themselves to do so.

“Akwasi (Marfo) and Abs (Seymour) were running the ball into the corners and it’s good when you don’t even need to tell the boys and they just know.

“I thought we stood out, I thought we were the better team. Last time they were the better team, but this time our goalkeeper didn’t have much to do.

“I’d like to thank Jon (Fowell) at Clapton who let us take him because Ollie (Bowles) was injured and I think every player wants to play at the highest level possible. So who knows, we could look to make that move permanent.

“I spoke to Olajide after the game and he enjoyed it, even though he didn’t have much to do.”

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