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Barking boss Gardner feels his side deserved more against Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 10:57 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 03 December 2018

Tim Brown saves David Knight's penalty (pic Terry Gilbert)

Tim Brown saves David Knight's penalty (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner praised his side's defensive efforts and feels they should have got something out of their 1-0 defeat to Bowers & Pitsea.

Bowers keeper Andy Wilton collects the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)Bowers keeper Andy Wilton collects the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)

Former Blues winger Quentin Monville came back to haunt his old side as he netted in the 69th minute to seal the points for Pitsea at Mayesbrook Park.

“Defensively I’m quite impressed with us this season and I think it was another good defensive display,” the former Billericay Town boss said.

“I thought we nullified their top players and one of their not so big names but an important player popped up with the goal for them.

“We had a chance after the first five minutes of the game, if we took that it would have been a different game.

“I just said to them we played against a team that is favourites for the league and have been up there all season at the top of the league.

“Yet we had more chances and created better chances, but they’ve scored the most important goal that has won them the game.”

The 38-year-old insisted it’s hard to be critical as his players done what was asked of them on the pitch.

“It’s hard for me to be critical as I thought we played really well, the performance was there, the game plan was there, it’s just that final third which for some reason isn’t happening.

“It’s not no individual person as I changed it today (Saturday) and rested a few people then give it a bit of freshening up.

“I thought that worked but in the final third to me we just didn’t take our chances.

“I clearly have to try get someone in that can score goals that can fit in with our budget restraints.”

He feels missed chances costing them games has been the story of their season so far.

“I think it’s the of story of our season, if we took our chances we’d be in the same sort of position as Bowers, as defensively I don’t think there are three or four teams better than us.

“I know Bowers are the best as they’ve only conceded nine.

“It’s hard to take as if you were watching that game you wouldn’t have been able to tell who was top of the league and who wasn’t.

“Credit to Bowers they got the win and it was there first win in three.”

Gardner did however heap praise on goalkeeper Tim Brown who denied David Knight from the spot in the match.

“He was outstanding today, I thought it was the best penalty save I’ve ever seen in my life, and that’s including watching on TV.

“He saved a hard shot, but not just saved it, held onto it.

“I said to him at half-time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better penalty save in my life.

“Tim probably feels he done enough to keep a clean sheet and I’d agree with that.

“Since he’s come in, he’s done nothing wrong, and he was a player who actually wanted to join us instead of us chasing him – that was pleasing as he was playing regularly for Great Wakering.”

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