Barkingside captain disappointed by defeat
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 September 2013
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Callaway: Gutting to lose local derby
Barkingside captain Dan Callaway was disappointed following his team’s 4-1 defeat to local rivals Romford in Ryman One North.
Toran Senghore gave Matt Frew’s men the lead after 32 seconds, but Tom Richardson replied with a hat-trick for the hosts and Callaway admitted his players were ‘gutted’ afterwards.
He said: “We didn’t create too much and we was a little bit disappointed with the performance considering we did well Saturday (a 1-1 draw with Dereham).
“It is a bit gutting to be honest because obviously it is a local derby, we had quite a few players playing for us that played for Romford before and they’ve all been talking about it before the game.
“They all wanted to go out and put on a good performance coming back to their old club and it just hasn’t worked out for us.”
Callaway admitted Senghore’s missed penalty, saved by Aaron Omand early in the second half, was the key moment in the game.
And he did not feel a 4-1 scoreline was fair reflection on the match, a point noted by most neutrals.
“When we was playing it didn’t feel like a 4-1,” he added.
“The big turning point in the game was when we got the penalty.
“Second half we started really well, got the penalty and I thought if Toran could have put that away, maybe it would have been a different game.”
After going ahead so early, Callaway admitted he was disappointed with how deep the visiotrs dropped, but paid credit to opponents Romford for capitalising in both halves.
He said: “We started the first half really well and obviously got the goal and then I felt we sat too deep.
“We rested on our laurels slightly and to be fair to Romford they pinned us back and took advantage of the space that we allowed them in the first half.
“Then to be fair, where we was trying to push to get back into the game I think we left gaps and Romford exposed them quite well.
“They’ve got quick lads and they put the ball in the back of the net when they had the chances.”
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