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O’Shea disappointed with Barking’s finishing

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 September 2015

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

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

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Blues manager says team must improve in front of goal after Sawbridgeworth defeat

Barking manager Mick O’Shea hopes his team can return to winning ways quickly after seeing their unbeaten start to the Essex Senior League come to an end at home to Sawbridgeworth.

Both teams started the game at Mayesbrook Park with no league defeats to their name but the Blues saw that run come to a juddering halt as the Robins emerged victorious.

And not for the first time this season, O’Shea was left to rue his team’s finishing, which could have maintained their unbeaten record had it been better.

“We couldn’t finish our dinner against Sawbridgeworth! Our squad was weakened with a few players missing but there are no excuses,” said O’Shea.

“Credit to Sawbridgeworth who took their chance but we have to get back on the horse quickly with wins.”

O’Shea had been hopeful before the match of closing the gap on league leaders Bowers & Pitsea ahead of a crucial match between the sides on Saturday.

Instead the Blues dropped nine points behind last season’s runners-up thanks to Sawbridgeworth’s winner, and O’Shea was disappointed with how it was conceded.

“We might have nicked a draw late on but we’re disappointed we’ve lost our unbeaten start to the league. We didn’t create enough and leaked a sloppy goal,” added O’Shea.

“That took the the wind out of our sails but Sawbridgeworth were hanging on a bit at the end but they did what they had to do.”


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