Barking boss Gardner disappointed at his side for not following instructions

PUBLISHED: 17:13 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 24 September 2018

Shane Cojocarel puts Maldon ahead at Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Shane Cojocarel puts Maldon ahead at Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking manager Justin Gardner says his side fell short with a 2-1 defeat to Maldon & Tiptree after not following instructions on the weekend.

Goals from Shane Cojocarel and George Sykes sealed the three points for The Jammers despite a consolation goal for the Blues from Jack McQueen at Mayesbrook Park.

17-year-old McQueen netted his first goal for the club in the 69th minute but it was too little too late for them to nab a point in the match.

“I’m angry that certain things were not followed as I pin-pointed their strengths but some of the younger players didn’t follow them instructions,” Gardner said.

“The goals we gave them were because of the man I said was a danger as he scored and set the other up.

“It’s frustrating as I did my homework on them but my instructions weren’t followed.

“As a manager that is more annoying that actually losing football matches.”

The 38-year-old did feel his side dealt with their opponents for majority of the match but says they must focus on little details.

“No disrespect to Maldon but we dealt them really well except Shane Cojocare who they got in from Barnet.

“First-half I felt they deserved to be winning but second-half I felt we deserved to win that so a draw would have been a fair result.”

He did reveal the youngsters in the squad will now have to buck their ideas up to keep their places in the starting line-up.

“I am a manager that always gives young players an opportunity but if they continue to make them mistakes I will have to take them out of the team for them to learn.”

The former Aveley boss did praise youngster McQueen for getting on the score sheet but insists he still must be nurtured.

“Jack is a 17-year-old I brought in from the young team last season and he is a bright young talent but we have to be careful with him.

“We don’t want to keep throwing him in and kill his confidence.

“He is buzzing right now thought and he is really staking a claim right now to be in the team.”

The club were saddened to announce the passing of long-serving fan and volunteer group member Jeff Taylor after a short illness this week.

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