Barking assistant Thomas says Coggeshall defeat was tough to take

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 November 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner and assistant Andre Thomas look on (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas admitted late 1-0 defeat to high-flying Coggeshall Town was tough to take.

Sam Bantick scored the only goal of the game to deny the Blues what would have been a fine point on the road.

Justin Gardner and his Barking team could have been forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu after going down to Coggeshall by the same score line on October 23 in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup.

“It was very to take, especially as it was the same player, In the same area this time he used his other foot but the outcome was the same,” Thomas said.

“As a group we came together and we analysed the goal, we’re an honest group so if we felt we could’ve done more we would be the first to admit it.

“It wasn’t a mistake on any ones behalf, it was just Sam Bantick being clinical.”

The former Tons assistant manager says they have taken two different approaches when facing the Seed growers this season.

And he feels Saturday’s match they put in a strong performance.

“We’ve played them twice and applied two different types of tactics.

“We believe the second set was the better of the two as we were able to be more effective in and out of possession. “They’re a good team but we matched them all over the park.

“I’ll take that performance against other teams in the league and results will follow.”

New signing Chinedu Osadebe came off the bench to make his debut in the 83rd minute to replace captain Abs Seymour.

Thomas is delighted to bring the former Bishop’s Stortford man into the club but revealed he must still be initiated.

“We’re very pleased, he’s trained with us and he’s looked good.

“He’s slowly gelling with the boys and he’ll soon understand how his ability will be a major asset for us, we’re also getting him to understand how we’ll want him to play. “He does still need to do his initiation song though.

“That will probably be this Saturday if he’s involved.”

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