Barking will give Haringey a ‘good game’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 September 2015

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert).

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert).


Mick O’Shea looks ahead to FA Cup replay at Coles Park this evening

Barking manager Mick O’Shea expects Haringey to be much improved in tonight’s FA Cup preliminary round replay at Coles Park.

The two rivals couldn’t be separated at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday, but it was the Essex Senior League side who were left to rue missing their chances.

O’Shea believes the north Londoners will be far better this evening and discussed who will be missing the cup clash this evening.

Haringey, now of the Ryman North, will be favourites to progress to the next round, but Barking won’t go down without a fight.

“I am looking forward to the replay against a side that was far better than us last year, I put my hands up to that,” said O’Shea.

“I fancy us to give them a good game again. I just didn’t think they were very team orientated on Saturday, it seemed like they had a lot of individuality. They had a high line at the back and we could have maybe done better.

“We go again. I have not got Brad Ling because he has gone away to Jay Taylor’s wedding in Croatia. I have got Billy Reynolds and a couple more who can come in.

“I have got a 40-man squad this year that I can call upon and they are all more than capable.”

The Blues boss pondered what might give his team an advantage tonight and if certain weather conditions could help.

He also revealed Joe Staunton will be available for the second half at Coles Park with the location of the fixture ideal for him.

“I am looking forward to it and this type of wet weather can suit us. It will be about mistakes on the night,” added O’Shea.

“Slippery conditions where one goes under the goalkeepers belly or something else. It is the FA Cup isn’t it so it is made for it.

“We are going away from home against a team from the league above us and who should be above us. We are hoping we can capitalise on a mistake or something.

“Joe will miss the first half because he coaches at Tottenham Hotspur. The game is only round the corner from where he works so he will be available for the second half so I will name him on the bench.

“I will have James Barlow, Ben O’Brien and Ryan Creed. Sipho Mtyanda is banned because he got sent off against Felixstowe & Walton in the previous round and his ban starts tonight so he misses three games.”

Tobi Adesina is out with an ankle injury, but Barking are boosted by the return of forward Wale Odedoyin and they’ll hope he can make a difference up top.

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