O’Shea praises Barking centurion Barlow
PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 February 2015
Midfielder made 100th appearance for the club in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Tower Hamlets
Barking manager Mick O’Shea has paid tribute to versatile ace James Barlow after he made his 100th appearance for the Mayesbrook Park outfit on Saturday.
Barlow captained the Blues to a 1-0 win against Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League, courtesy of Ben Turner’s late strike.
O’Shea was pleased to get the three points, which keeps them joint-top alongside Haringey Borough, but also delighted for Barlow.
He made his first appearance for the club during the 2011/12 campaign before consolidating his position in the team the following season and he has been a mainstay ever since.
O’Shea said: “Barlow was out of position against Tower Hamlets, but he did a job for the team because he isn’t a central midfielder, he is better out wide.
“It was his 100th appearance on Saturday as well so we did a little presentation beforehand and I was pleased for him. He is a great lad and to have 100 appearances shows he is a one club man and he is a good all round bloke as well.
“I gave him the captaincy anyway and then Rob said we need to do a presentation as well for his 100th appearance.
“I thought I would give it to Barlow because he has been here a long time and a few of the other lads like Ben O’Brien, Glen Golby and Joe Staunton were missing.
“He sacrificed his position on Saturday as I asked him to come inside and he said ‘it wasn’t an issue’ and that is because he is a real team player.”
Barlow may be a team player, but he has also found the net with more regularity this season than he has done in previous campaigns.
He is joint-second in the top goalscorer stakes with seven goals to take his overall tally for the club to 17 and O’Shea believes those goals are down to his work rate.
“He is doing really well this year and pre-season he came over and saw a lot of new faces,” revealed O’Shea.
“He had put a little bit of weight on and I said to him you are part of my fabric so you need to lose that because these new boys will take your position and credit to him he has done that.
“He has gone from strength to strength and he has got half of his goals through his dedication because he never gives up and chases down everything.
“He will chase every lost cause and his work ethic is unbelievable. I am delighted with how things have gone for him.”
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