Barking manager Gardner upset with work rate against Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 February 2018

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking boss Justin Gardner is upset with his side’s work rate as they lost 2-1 to basement club Romford.

The Blues suffered their first defeat in five matches and now sit six points off the play-off places.

Boro’s Craig Jeakins and Greg Akpele both netted for the hosts to seal the three points – despite striker Izzy Bademosi scoring a consolation goal in the 95th minute.

“It’s upsetting because the players were warned all week about Romford,” Gardner said.

“It’s one of the few games we go into as favourites and all I kept saying to them is everyone in football knows once a team is beaten badly they come out strong the next match yet we didn’t come out ready to play.”

Gardner praised Romford’s work rate but admits his men should have expected a hard-fought battle.

“Romford went with five at the back and it was very hard to break them down and that’s frustrating as I said to the boys they probably would opt for that formation.

“For me it was all down to the effort.

“There effort was better than ours on the day and I have always been very clear if we don’t match Romford’s work rate we’ll come unstuck and if we match it we come away with a win.”

He also admits they spent a lot of time talking about the poor performance after the match at Ship Lane.

“It was frustrating and we were in the changing room for quite a long time after as it’s not right that the players didn’t take what we were saying all week on board.

“It was a bad day all round to be honest and Romford deserved the victory, it wasn’t lucky or anything, so credit to them.

“If both teams took their chances it would have been 7-5 to Romford as we both had plenty of chances.”

The former Billericay Town boss believes they were carrying far too many weak links in the match.

“There were only three players that could come away from the game with any credit so that is far too many players to be carrying and expect a result.”

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