Barking boss Gardner wants to continue causing upsets

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 December 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 wants to continue causing upsets and remain unbeaten in the Bostik North.

The Blues host Brentwood Town at Mayesbrook Park this evening (7.45pm) as they look to extend their ten game unbeaten run and remain in the top six in the table.

“It would be good to keep our run going,” Gardner said.

“We have no reason not to be confident right now, we know that run is going to end at some point, but we don’t want it to be yet.

“It’s a game we will be hoping to get something out of it and if we play the way we have been recently we should do.”

Gardner praised Brentwood’s recent form and the way they’ve turned themselves around since last season.

Although they suffered a 3-1 defeat to mid-table Heybridge Swifts on the weekend.

“Brentwood are a bit like Heybridge Swifts, they struggled last season, but they’re doing better this year and I think they went seven or eight games unbeaten earlier in the season.

“They have some good players especially the likes of Andy Freeman, centre half Brendan Cavalier, they’ve also got Harry Gibbs, a young defender I took to Aveley last season, so it will be a tough game for us.

“As I always say though there are no easy games.”

The boss admits he’ll set up a game plan as he is familiar with a chunk of their squad but revealed there is still a fair few unknowns.

“There is four of five players I know very well and there is five or six I don’t know very well.

“They have Shomari Barnwell up front as well, who I’ve managed.”

The Blues face a tricky run up until Christmas with the likes of Maldon & Tiptree, Hornchurch, Bowers & Pitsea and Heybridge Swifts amongst their fixtures.

Gardner believes if they can remain in the top six after those clashes they’ll be over achieving.

“The next three or four games coming up we have some very tough fixtures and I think we can stay where we are we’ll be massively over achieving.”

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