O’Shea: We have no excuses

PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 September 2015

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

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


Barking boss unhappy after watching side struggle to break down London Bari

Barking's Ben Turner is caught by a stray London Bari boot (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's Ben Turner is caught by a stray London Bari boot (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O’Shea was frustrated with his side finishing on Saturday after watching them fire blank against London Bari in the Essex Senior League.

Neither team could find the net at Mayesbrook Park and a goalless draw followed, but it was enough to keep the Blues fourth in the table.

They have scored 12 times in the division from their five matches and only conceded four goals, but O’Shea wants more.

He has urged his chargers to make the most of the opportunities they are creating after expressing his dissatisfaction at missed chances in previous weeks.

O’Shea said: “It was the same old story – a lack of finishing. Bari came with a game plan, two banks of 22 it felt like!

“We need to deal with that. I have got no excuses. A lot of the lads were frustrated with their performances.

“At half time I said to them are we going to have a shot on target because the only one we did in the first 45 was from a free kick.”

The Barking boss believes his team are lucky to be only six points behind league leaders Bowers & Pitsea with five games played so far this campaign.

He accepts player availability has meant a lack of continuity in the starting side so early on in the season, but wants to find a goalscorer that can propel the Blues to the top of the table.

“We are fortunate to still be fourth in the league. We have our eyes on a few players so hopefully that can go through and we will see how we are looking,” said O’Shea.

“It has been an awkward month for us with some people away, but we have had some good performances like the one against Hullbridge last week in the Essex Senior Cup where we won 9-8 on penalties.

“Now we go again for Waltham Forest tomorrow night (Tuesday) in the Essex Senior League Cup at our place.”

After beating Forest 5-0 in the league back on August 12, Barking and O’Shea will hope for a similar result again.

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