Title race isn’t over yet, insists Barking boss

PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 February 2015

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

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


Mayesbrook Park outfit played out goalless draw with rivals in the week and host Waltham Forest this weekend

Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O’Shea took plenty of positives from Tuesday’s goalless draw with Essex Senior League leaders Haringey Borough.

Blues boss had insisted in the build up to the top-of-the-table clash at Mayesbrook that his side would defeat the North London outfit.

And although that wasn’t the case, he was pleased with the performance and praised the visitors goalkeeper Ashley Harris.

“I think we could have nicked it to be honest and I think they were more concerned, going away, about us than we were about them,” said O’Shea.

“Their keeper was exceptional and kept them in the game. They didn’t have it their own way.

“First half an hour we were nice and physical and nobody was giving an inch, but fair play to Haringey they matched it

“They have only lost once in the league all season, but they couldn’t get past our back five. But unfortunately we couldn’t penetrate them either with their goalkeeper being their man of the match by a long way.”

A win for Barking would have thrown the title race wide open, but Haringey kept hold of their six point advantage over the Blues.

League leaders also have a game in hand, however O’Shea is confident it will go down to the wire.

He added: “It is all to play. The points ratio is obviously in Haringey’s favour without a doubt. We are not trying to hide away from that, but we will certainly give them a run for their money.

“We can without a doubt take a lot of positives. We are confident at Barking. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance and we are confident.

“I don’t want to seem arrogant, but I know I have a very good group of lads who have settled in well and we have only lost twice all year in the league and just drawn with the team that have only lost once before.”

Barking now welcome third-placed Waltham Forest to Mayesbrook this weekend and O’Shea won’t be taking them lightly.

“We have got to get Waltham Forest dealt with and we had them watched against Tower Hamlets and once again it was 0-0,” he added.

“I met and discussed Waltham Forest with my scout and how they play so we are taking them serious and we are even more positive after the Haringey match.”

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