Barking boss Gardner pleased his side's hard work paid off with Rovers win

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 29 October 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner pleased to see his sides and coaching staff get their reward for their efforts in recent weeks with a 3-0 win against Great Wakering Rovers.

Goals from Darelle Russell, Daniel Cheema and debutant Eusebio Da Silva sealed the three points for the Blues at Burroughs Park on the weekend.

“I’m pleased to see the players and the management team get their rewards for all their hard work on Saturday,” the 38-year-old said.

“Like I’ve said in the last few weeks apart from scoring goals, we have been doing everything right.

“Our defence is one of the best in the league and the table shows that.

“We’ve been working hard to try creating more chances and taking them, we’ve not had any days off this season like most clubs do.

“We probably created more chances against Sudbury in our draw the week before but we just took our chances Saturday, which was pleasing.”

He had plenty of praise for goal scorers Cheema and debutant Da Silva.

“Football is a strange old game,” Gardner said.

“You can work with players for hours and hours, but it was more than a 10 second conversation with Daniel before the Sudbury match, where I said I don’t want you to think about it just shoot.

“Two goals in two games since then.

“Also Eusebio made his debut and scored, he probably feels hard done by to not have had a chance yet, as he was our top scorer in the reserves team last season.

“We sent him on loan to Clapton this season, where he has scored seven goals, so we handed him a chance.

“He was like a 10-year-old being given candy after he knew he was starting.

“I have been getting good feedback from Jonny Fowell at Clapton and he said you need to give the boy a chance so we did.”

The boss also says the win capped off a busy day for himself and made the club’s Halloween party a good night.

“I had a busy day, I had to take my son to football, and then I watched the first-half of the Clapton match at Aveley before heading to Great Wakering to set everything up.

“That win was great after a long day and week.

“After the game, we ate quickly before heading back for our team Halloween party, and it was a good night.

“Most players, the chairman and the management team were there until one in the morning.”

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