Barking manager Gardner pleased with side after Sudbury draw

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 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 was pleased with his side's performance in their 1-1 draw with AFC Sudbury despite conceding late in the match.

The Blues looked set to turn their slow start around in the Bostik North but they had their strong display shattered by the late goal from Callum Harrison at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

“I was very pleased for 93 minutes, if I was being greedy I’d just wonder why we didn’t put three or four past them,” the 38-year-old said.

“Defensively in terms of what I asked from them, what we worked on all week, I don’t think it could have gone much better apart from winning the game.

“I’m pleased with the players, obviously disappointed to concede with the last kick of the game, which I think only the man in the middle felt was a penalty.

“Even the opposition’s manager (Mark Morsley) apologised, but that’s football, you can’t control the man in the middle.

“If you do want me and my coaches ask you to do and implement that on match day, win, lose or draw I’ll be a happy manager.

“Some people may say it felt like a defeat, not too me, I celebrated it like it was three points because of the manner of the performance.

“To go to Sudbury away is not easy, I was very pleased and for 93 minutes I would say it was our best performance of the season.”

The boss Gardner praised striker Daniel Cheema for getting on the score sheet after listening to his advice ahead of the match.

“It’s funny, we had a private little chat before the game, and I said to him I feel you need to contribute more goals.

“I said don’t take any touches, hit anything from inside the box first time and he did that.

“He came to celebrate with me when he scored his goal and said I did it sort of thing so it was pleasing.

“It’s always pleasing as a manager when players listen and do it.”

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