Barking are lacking a clinical goal scorer says boss Gardner

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 November 2018

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 insists his side are lacking a clinical goal scorer to help them win crunch matches in the Bostik North.

The Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat against promotion hopefuls Heybridge Swifts thanks to a brace from striker Matthew Price on the weekend.

And the boss believes they failed to take their chances and that cost his side during the match.

“The performance in terms of what we were trying to achieve as in playing between the lines and passing the ball, I was really pleased with that.

“We got ourselves into dangerous areas but we’re really lacking a clinical goal scorer, which at this standard of football unfortunately cost a lot of money.

“That is the story of our season so far lacking goals and not taking our chances.”

The 38-year-old former Aveley boss says their last two defeats against the Swifts and Coggeshall have been down to not taking their chances.

“It sums up the games against Coggeshall and Heybridge as if you speak to their manager’s they’ll say we were the better footballing team.

“But they have Sam Bantick (Coggeshall) and Matthew Price (Heybridge) and to be fair to us they didn’t do a lot other than put the ball in the net.

“I know that sounds weird, but we nullified them in the games, Matt Price had two chances and scored twice.

“The first goal was just an awful error by our two centre-backs to allow Price in.

“He got the better of both of them, they have been two of our best players so it’s probably a bit harsh for me to say it, but I just didn’t expect it.”

“On one hand I’m very disappointed as we gave them their first goal but I’m pleased with how we tried to play football.”

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