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Barking manager Gardner pleased to see run continue

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 December 2017

Barking's Abs Seymour chases the ball down against Bury Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Abs Seymour chases the ball down against Bury Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner pleased to continue their unbeaten run of ten matches but believes missed chances cost them against Bury Town.

The Blues had to settle for a point against 10-man Bury at Ram Meadow as they drew 0-0 on Saturday.

Gardner’s men applied plenty of pressure in the final stages, after Darcy Death was given his marching orders for the home side in the 62nd minute.

“It’s a very good point against Bury as they’ve got a very home record and their fans get on your backs, so it’s a tough place to go,” he said.

“We can’t get too ahead of ourselves, our aim was to stay in the league and we’re punching way above our weight right now.”

The manager admits he had to make some changes to the team for the trip to Bury and believes they weren’t at their best.

“We had a few players unavailable so we had top move some players around and put them in different positions, but that’s what a squad is for at the end of the day,” Gardner said.

“First-half we were a bit slow and not as good as we have been recently, but it was pretty even.

“Second-half was a bit more like us of late and we played some good football.”

Gardner also revealed the red card was one of the nastiest challenges he has seen and was worried for his captain Abs Seymour.

“In the 62th minute, I witnessed one of the worst tackles I have seen in football, he went in hard and two-footed.

“Anyone who knows Abs knows he doesn’t stay down but he was down quite a while and I was genuinely worried and thought his career could have been over.

“After seven or eight minutes, Abs got up and wanted to try and he managed to carry on, and I’m not sure how but he did.

“After the red card we absolutely battered them, but credit to Bury they defended really well and we didn’t take our chances.”

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