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Barking boss Gardner admits his side were poor as they crashed out of the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 13:46 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 29 August 2018

Brendan Ocran attacks for Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Brendan Ocran attacks for Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner admitted his side were poor as they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Bowers & Pitsea in thee preliminary round at Aveley on Friday.

Jamie Dicks’ first-half effort ensured Bowers would progress into the first qualifying round of the competition as the sides met at a neutral ground in Parkside.

“If I’m honest with you, we were poor on Friday,” Gardner said.

“We were really poor and just wasn’t good enough all round really and played our best bit of football in the last 10 minutes to be honest with you.

“There are no excuses, we were poor and we never really tested their goalkeeper enough, and we have to be honest about that.”

The former Billericay Town boss did admit they almost found an equaliser late on despite a poor display for 80 minutes.

“Saying that at the end we had a chance that could have been an equaliser and I would have taken a replay after that performance,” he added.

“The money is important to the club, but the league is our bread and butter.”

In the league the Blues also fell to a third consecutive defeat on Bank Holiday Monday as they lost 1-0 to Brentwood Town.

Connor Martin netted in the 27th minute and sealed all three points for his side.

“It was a different story today (Monday), we created chances, tested their goalkeeper but in the final third whether it’s the final ball needing to be better or our finishing I’m not sure,” said Gardner.

“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We are going through a little tough time and it’s only me as a manager and my management team that can get us through it.”

Gardner felt his side had the balance of play and were unlucky not to get anything from the match.

“It’s funny because defensively I think they had two chances today and they’ve scored one but we saved the other,” he added.

“In terms of possession and chances created we probably had more, but they got the most important goal and three points.”

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