Barkingside boss finds few positives after Cheshunt loss

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:46 13 March 2015

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

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

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Matt Frew reflects on 5-2 defeat and calls on his side to improve

Calvin Poku netted again for Barkingside (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Calvin Poku netted again for Barkingside (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew praised the efforts of Calvin Poku and Matty Waldron following last night’s 5-2 defeat at Cheshunt in Ryman North.

The Side boss heavily criticised his other players, though, and admitted too many are acting like children as the away thrashing made it four consecutive losses.

Poku put the visitors ahead at Theobalds Lane, but an error allowed Jamie Smyth to equalise before the break.

Marcus Milner put the hosts in front at the start of the second period before Ben Andreos made it 3-1.

And although Poku reduced the arrears with 18 minutes remaining, Andreos added two more to his tally to take home the match ball and leave Barkingside’s boss frustrated.

“At the moment it is like managing a bunch of kids. The way they are going about their business it is what you would expect when managing a youth group,” said Frew.

“They can’t take any criticism and people are doing what they want after we concede a goal.

“But Calvin scored two last night and he missed Saturday against Waltham Abbey because of an injury and he wasn’t fully fit yesterday, but he is in good form at the moment.

“He has showed how important he is to the team because he is the only one getting goals.

“Calvin and Matty Waldron, who is 33-years-old, were the only two that could walk off with their heads held high because they gave me everything, but the rest of them... well you can imagine what I said.”

Barkingside did start strongly against Cheshunt and Frew was bitterly disappointed they didn’t build on that positive opening.

He conceded the goal they let in just before half time was a poor one to give away.

“Last night the warm-up was superb and we started well. It was a very open game and end-to-end,” added Frew.

“I thought we were the better side in the first half and we go 1-0 up. But 30 seconds before the break it is a silly mistake and we gifted them an equaliser bang on half time.

“We come out after the interval and conceded early again after about four or five minutes and individuals started getting frustrated and arguing with each other.

“The last four games we have conceded a lot of goals from set pieces as well and I know we are not the biggest side, but that is worrying.”

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