Individual errors cost his side says Barking boss Gardner
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 November 2018
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Barking boss Justin Gardner feels individuals errors in the early stages of the match cost his side as they fell to a 4-2 defeat against Felixstowe and Walton United.
The Blues were unbeaten in their previous three league matches but found themselves 3-0 down after 29 minutes thanks to goals from Josh Kerridge, Jack Ainsley and Miles Powell.
They did however fight their back into the match as Daniel Cheema netted in the 38th minute and Joe Bruce scored a penalty in the 87th minute before the visitors Joseph Francis put the nail in the coffin two minutes later to seal the points at Mayesbrook Park.
“Individual errors cost us, it’s nothing we can do on the training ground, and it’s about making changes or bringing in better players,” Gardner said.
“Better players cost more money so we have to try work on it and make everyone better.
“The positives are that we didn’t fold like a pack of cards, a lot of teams at this level that are 3-0 down after 20 minutes will throw the towel, but they’ve never done that this season at all.
“But the individual errors need to be cut out as if players want to make a career In non-league football they have to eradicate those kind of things.
“With them sort of errors it doesn’t matter if myself or Pep Guardiola will not be able to cut them things out.”
The 38-year-old felt his remarks about being solid defensively in the Post ahead of the fixture came back to bite him as they conceded four times in the match.
“My notes in the paper came back to bite me as I said we haven’t conceded many goals.
“It was disappointing that we were 3-0 down after 20 minutes, no excuses, two of the goals were individual errors which we haven’t done in a while.
“I think the last time we made one was Tilbury at home like six or seven weeks ago.”
“One of the other goals was a shocking decision from the linesman if I’m honest with you, he was about five yards offside, and even their striker said it but we gave away two rubbish goals before that.
“It was shame because it was a boy who done well for us last week, I went with him again, and he didn’t pick up his marker on two headers.
“That was the risk I took, I gave him his shirt as he done well last week, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
“On one hand I’m very angry and disappointed, which I let them know that giving away three goals at home in that manner was very poor, without mixing my words.”
He did also admit it was a strange game as they dominated the proceedings after bringing on Abs Seymour and Joshua Davison in place of Jordan Peart and Jack Edwards in the 36th minute.
“It was a strange game as we made two substitutions after 30 minutes as I felt there was no point having defensive minded players on the pitch so I took off a holding midfielder and a defender to go all out attack.
“We managed to get ourselves a goal just before half-time and then down to 3-2 with a penalty.
“After we made the changes we were by far the better team, but it was very disappointing that it took us to be three goals down to do that.