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Gardner wants Barking to play on underdog tag and upset Potters Bar Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 January 2018

Barking striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason chasing down the ball against Hertford Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason chasing down the ball against Hertford Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner is hoping his men can take advantage of their underdog tag against Potters Bar Town this weekend.

Barking's Billy Jones delivers a cross against Hertford Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's Billy Jones delivers a cross against Hertford Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

The Blues will make the trip to Hertfordshire to face the high-flying outfit at The Pakex Stadium Parkfield on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Hertford Town last weekend.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re underdogs going into it, so that may play into our hands,” Gardner said.

“We just want to go there and upset them.”

Boss Gardner admits he’s excited for the encounter and had plenty of praise for Potters Bar ahead of the clash.

“I have played against Potters Bar a few times,” he said.

“It’s a nice little ground and they always try to play football, so I’m looking forward to this one.

“They’re a well-established club at this level, I know they have just come up into the league, but over the years they’ve spent a lot of time in this division.”

The former Aveley man also revealed he knows enough about their opponents squad and praised their team-work and depth.

“I know a fair few of their team and a little bit about them, but it’s my job to know about them or at least find out about them,” added Gardner.

“They did have a striker – Michael Murray – that was scoring for fun, but he hasn’t featured in the last few weeks so maybe he’s injured, I’m not sure.

“I personally don’t think they have one stand-out player though, I think they play as a collective and they’re doing extremely well this season.”

He also went on to praise how Potters Bar are going about their business without hitting the headlines in the league.

“They’re going under the radar and about their business very quietly and fair play to them for that,” he said.

The Blues will be boosted by the recent returns of Timi Abiola and David Fallah, who were both on the bench against Hertford.

“David made his debut after eight or nine months out injured,” added Gardner.

“He was one of the first players I signed at Barking and he was expected to be fit by September, but it took a lot longer.

“He’ll be a massive boost for us in the run-in and Timi was also back available after being out for a month.”

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