Frew urges Barkingside to raise their game for high-flying Aveley
PUBLISHED: 12:13 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 22 September 2014
Barkingside boss Matt Frew would love nothing more than to stop Aveley’s run of nine wins tonight at Cricklefield, but admits if they play like they did on Saturday then it could be a heavy defeat.
Frew’s side battled back from 2-0 down to level thanks to goals from Dan Jones and Calvin Poku, but lost out in the last minute after Tom Strickland netted.
But despite being pleased with the comeback, Frew believed his side didn’t deserve anything from the encounter.
“We would have taken the point but we didn’t deserve it and it was another bad performance from us,” said Frew.
“Obviously getting it back to 2-2 was nice, but we still lacked the concentration to see it out with a minute left. We let the runner go and they went on to tap in the winner.”
Frew has made a number of changes over the summer with his playing personnel, and admits it’s taken longer than he expected for them to gel.
But he’s now given them the ultimatum – improve or you are out.
“The squad is strong but it seems that we are still playing as individuals at the moment,” he added.
“Managers get all the flack when things aren’t going right on the pitch but I’m doing my utmost and so are the coaches. It’s down to the players to prove they want to be here otherwise they could find themselves out of the football club.
“Some of the lads just seem keen to be playing because their mates are over here.
“We were in the changing rooms for 35/40 minutes after Saturday’s game and a few harsh words and home truths were said.”
They take on an Aveley side full of confidence as they stretched their unbeaten run to nine games with a 3-1 win at Romford on Saturday.
And Frew is the first to admit no love is lost between him and Millers boss Justin Gardner, after the two have clashed over players in recent weeks.
“We’ve got to try and make it a battle tonight,” said Frew. “I’d love nothing more than to pick up the win.
“There’s no love lost between me and Justin and we have had our rows in recent weeks over players.
“I spoke to the Romford boss yesterday and he said they are a really good footballing side who have plenty of pace, but we’ve got to make it a battle.
“Aveley are absolutely flying at the moment but we need to turn up and there’s no doubt it’s our biggest test. I’ve been getting performance in dribs and drabs and you can’t have that. If we play like we did on Saturday we could be in for a long night, but hopefully we can get a reaction.”