Barking boss Gardner hopes to spoil title-chasing Bowers’ day by going against odds

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 December 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner says his side will try spoil Bostik North title challengers Bowers & Pitsea’s day when they welcome them to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

The Blues will look to cause an upset when they host Rob Small’s side on Saturday after losing 2-0 to promotion hopefuls Heybridge Swifts last weekend.

Bowers currently sit second in the table and have only lost once in league action.

“We have nothing to lose against Bowers, they’re the clear favourites going into the match,” said the 38-year-old Gardner.

“I’m sure my players will raise their game for the occasion and hopefully we can try spoil their day.”

Former Billericay Town boss Gardner praised the front four of their opponents, including new signing Bradley Warner, Lewis Manor, David Knight and former Blue Quentin Monville.

“It tells you what you need to know about them, they can afford to bring in someone like Brad Warner at this stage in the season,” added Gardner.

“Their front four are very good and I would take any of them as my top signing.”

Gardner admits it is back to the drawing board for his side after back-to-back against Heybridge Swifts and Coggeshall Town.

“It’s back to the drawing board, back to putting in the hard work at training,” he said. “I have to just try my best to improve the players I have and the resources I have here. We now have a nice easy game against Bowers!

“I do believe we should have got something out of the last two games. Coggeshall we were very unlucky I felt. Then against Heybridge, even though we conceded twice, I put that defeat down to us not taking our chances as we had the run of play.”

Gardner insists although football is about results, all his Barking side can do is continue performing.

“Football is always about winning but as a manager I always ask for the performance first,” he said.

“We can control our performances whereas we can’t always control the result of the game.”

Barking are searching for a striker but Gardner reveals it is hard to recruit, adding: “Clincial goalscorers demand money and we don’t have that.”

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