Barkingside boss confident of improvement

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 September 2015

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Gulfer aiming for better performances

Jonathan Adebayo of Barkingside challenges David Knight of Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Jonathan Adebayo of Barkingside challenges David Knight of Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is confident his side will bounce back from Saturday’s heavy defeat at Hornchurch when they host Great Wakering Rovers in Ryman North tonight.

The 5-1 loss at the weekend was already Barkingside’s second defeat of the season against the Urchins, having gone down 9-0 in a league cup tie.

Gulfer’s side have collected only five points out of a possible 27 in their opening nine games this season, but a win tonight would see them move above local rivals Redbridge.

And even though his side is coming off a heavy away defeat, Gulfer has highlighted the positives to take from the weekend’s game.

“The only good thing to come out the game was a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half,” said Gulfer.

“If we could have scored in that period to make it 3-2, it would have been interesting to see how the game would have turned out.

“We conceded two late goals which we are all disappointed about, but we have to move on from Saturday’.

Rovers go into tonight’s game on the back of two straight defeats against Romford and Cray Wanderers, but Gulfer is paying close attention to the threat they pose.

“They are a good side and are sitting comfortably in mid-table at the moment,” he added.

“I said before the game against Haringey (a 3-2 win), that I wanted at least six points from the next three games.

“If we win tonight then Saturday’s game is forgotten about and we can move on.”

Gulfer also confirmed that Barkingside have signed former Hornchurch wing-back Michael Spencer, who could be in line for his debut this evening.

“He is a very versatile player,” added Gulfer.

“He can play in many different areas and to get someone in with his ability and experience will make us a lot stronger.”

Along with Spencer, Barkingside have also signed Charlie Dove from Hornchurch in a one-month loan deal.

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