Barking assistant Thomas says Witham Town was a difficult defeat to take
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 August 2018
Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas says their late 3-2 defeat to Witham Town was difficult to take on Saturday.
A 90th minute winner from Johnny Ashman crushed the Blues chances of picking up a point after they got off to an impressive start at Spa Road.
Daniel Cheema put Barking in front after two minutes but was pegged back thanks to the hosts Henry Fisher in the 28th minute.
Early in the second-half Rashid Kamara gave his side the lead once again but just three minutes later Andrew Tirivanhu put Witham back on level terms with a goal in the 61st minute.
Ashman then sealed the three points for Marc Ashford’s side in the dying stages of the clash.
“It was very difficult to take, our performance and application deserved so much more,” Thomas said.
“Last minute winners are always special when it goes for you but terrible when it’s against you.”
The assistant did feel there were plenty of positives to take from the match despite picking up no points.
“There were loads of positives, some of the football we played was so impressive, the initiative of the players, some of their decision making and things we worked on in training was all evident.
“We just need to tighten up on a few things.”
Thomas also felt they were onto a winner before the match and especially after Cheema got them off to such a good start in the match.
“We always believed it would be a good day from when I saw the boys in the changing room, they had a fire in their eyes that was evident, they wanted to right the wrongs from the Canvey game and when that first whistle went they flew out of the blocks.
“Daniel Cheema deserved that goal, he’s a player with tremendous talent and his work rate is second to none.
“He and Brendan Ocran have shown so much dedication in training and will get their rewards this season.”