O’Shea: We have to keep scoring

PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 September 2015

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

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


Blues hope to keep firing against Bari this weekend

Barking boss Mick O’Shea wants his team to keep up their goalscoring heroics when they host London Bari on Saturday.

In their latest Essex Senior League outing, the Blues put four past Takeley to improve their goal difference to eight despite only winning twice in the competition this season.

Ben Turner (penalty), Wale Odedoyin, Eden Nelson and Ryan Creed all netted in the win as the Mayesbrook Park club moved up to third.

O’Shea will hope they can put more past a Bari side who have yet to win this year – and conceded seven in the FA Vase at Ipswich Wanderers – but has warned his side against thinking the game is already won.

“We can’t go into the game complacent because that mindset nearly cost us against Eton Manor earlier in the season,” he said.

“We’re confident, but not cocky. We know we need to keep winning and keep scoring goals to give us a chance of going up.

“We know it could come down to goal difference at the end of the season. Last season we thought we’d done well winning by two and then we’d see Haringey Borough won by seven!”

One way O’Shea believes his team can increase their goal difference is by killing teams off earlier in matches.

Against Takeley, the Blues struck twice in the closing minutes of the match to add gloss to the scoreline.

O’Shea knows his team had it in them to have scored the goals earlier and wants them to make their possession count more in future.

He added: “If we start to win games a bit more quickly we can add some more goals to the scoreline.

“We’re creating chances and dominating possession statistics, but it’s the worst thing to look at if you lose because it means nothing.”

O’Shea reiterated his desire to find a prolific frontman as Barking look to hammer home their advantage in matches this season.

But he believes the good team spirit at the club will help his team find the goals they need for their promotion charge.

“I think in this league you need a prolific scorer to go up, but it’s hard to find if you don’t have a budget.

“But we’re together as a team which is a good thing as it helps us through matches. The boys are giving it everything at the minute, but I still demand more!”

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