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Barkingside boss wants a reaction

Barkingside manager Matt Frew  (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS) Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS)

George Sessions
Friday, February 21, 2014
6:53 PM

Frew calls for big improvement in survival fight

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Barkingside boss Matt Frew wants to see a reaction from his players at Maldon on Saturday.

A 5-0 loss at Burnham last weekend left Side hovering above the Ryman One North relegation zone and morale low.

They are due to host landlords Redbridge in an Oakside derby on Monday, should the pitch be passed fit, and Frew is demanding more from his men.

He said: “I picked the best team available to me (at Burnham) and once I do that it is down to them. It is not my tactics or planning.

“It is time they showed some character and heart. I told them that after the game. We’ve got 18 games left now and they are 18 cup finals.

“We need to be beating the teams around us and picking up points from the ones above.

“We have a tough game against Maldon away. We had a close match with them at home. They had a dodgy result at the weekend as well losing 6-1. We are fighting relegation, they are challenging for promotion so it is all to play for.

“Our problem at the moment is we are not putting the ball in the back of the net and that is our downfall.”

The scoreline remained blank at Burnham until almost the hour mark, when the hosts broke the deadlock.

Four more goals followed in quick succession to the dismay of Frew, who added: “I let them have it at the end of the game. It wasn’t polite or friendly and I’m not a manager who chucks tea cups, but I have to change my approach as something isn’t right at the moment.

“Let’s see now if we can get a response. It doesn’t get any easier and we talk about beating these teams but it is hard to see where the next one is coming from.

“What would I give to get a win at the weekend and on Monday? If we did that we’d fly up the table.

“But morale is low and at this moment in time. It is tough especially after nine defeats on the spin. If we can get a win it will kickstart our season.

“All I can do is keep preparing the lads and keep their morale up. We will look to go Maldon on Saturday and put in a good performance and get a win.”

Frew is hoping to bring in a key player in their fight for survival and admitted he might even use the examples of rivals Wroxham to try and inspire a turnaround in fortunes.

He said: “If we get three wins on the bounce we would go well up the table. Look at Wroxham, they were below us and a few wins on the trot and they are way up the table.

“That is what we have to look to do. I’m hoping to make a massive signing this week. If I can get it done it would be a massive boost for the lads and would seriously help our chances of survival this season.”

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