Fantastic result for Barking to beat leaders Hornchurch say boss Gardner

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner was in high spirits after causing an upset by nicking a 1-0 victory against Bostik North league leaders Hornchurch.

Barking striker Martin Tuohy and Urchins defender Kenzer Lee (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Barking striker Martin Tuohy and Urchins defender Kenzer Lee (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A late goal from substitute Albert Levett sealed the three points for the Blues and ended the Urchins five match unbeaten run at Bridge Avenue.

“It was a fantastic result, the boys have got to enjoy it, the fans definitely did enjoy it as you could see they were happy and smiling at the end,” Gardner said.

“That’s four points we’ve took off the team that I think is going to win the league, so that’s no mean feat for little old Barking.

“It was a pleasing performance, it’s just a shame we don’t turn up like that against other teams, as we always turn up against the big teams every week.

“I don’t think a team in top four or five other than Bowers & Pitsea has turned us over yet.

“We’ve done quite well against top teams, it’s just the ones in and around us, and we need to do better against.”

Gardner revealed their priority was being solid at the back after seven goals in their three matches.

“I made sure we weren’t going to concede a goal that was my main priority, as we’ve been conceding goals easily, so my idea was to make sure we’re tough defensively, which I thought we was and if we can hit them on the counter attack so be it.

“I thought we did a bit more than that, we had a lot of chances in the first-half, and it was probably even.

“Second-half I felt they went long, from back to front very quickly, rather than trying to play their normal game and I think it suited us.

“It’s also why I brought on some taller players at the end as I knew they were just going to keep bombing it into our box.”

The former Aveley and Billericay Town boss praised goal scorer Levett for his reaction after a performance in their 3-1 defeat to AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

It was a great goal for the sub to come on and score, he got pulled off at half-time on Saturday for not playing well, so I’ve said to him you’ve made it up as you’ve come on and done well.

He also believes defence is vital and was pleased with how his side shored things up at the back against the league’s most dangerous attack.

“Apart from Kenzer Lee’s header, I don’t think we looked like conceding, that one I did think beat the goalkeeper and just went over.

“If you don’t concede goals, you’ve always got a chance of winning games, and that’s why I’ve brought in three or four new faces in the last few weeks.

“I thought Teddy Nesbitt was outstanding on his debut for us, so that was pleasing, and he’s only going to get better as he’s not match fit at the moment.

“I brought Toib Adeyemi back into centre-half, as I thought Hussain Jaffa needed a rest, Teddy came in for his debut.

“I was always going to start Martin Tuohy and that’s why I didn’t start him on Saturday because I always think he’s going to give it against his old club.

“He put his body around quite well, just didn’t have any chances really.”


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