Barkingside boss Goldstone says Ilford defeat was always going to difficult
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 November 2018
Barkingside manager Alex Goldstone says his side were always facing an uphill battle as they suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to local rivals Ilford.
Lauric Diakiesse netted a brace and goals from Lion Docaj and Seye Okunola plus an own goal added to Barkingside’s woes at Cricklefield Stadium.
Side still sit bottom of the Essex Senior League and are still searching for their first win after 20 league fixtures.
“I was onto a losing one straight away as I had two players pull out the night before the game due to illness,” Goldstone said.
“It made me need to shuffle the team around, so we started with no recognised left-back or centre-halves, so it was always going to be hard.
“It doesn’t help us that we then had two players get injured in the first-half and I only had two substitutes.
“Obviously the score line is disappointing; I don’t like to lose, but to lose 5-1 it just felt like some players gave up out there during the game.
“It seemed like an uphill battle from the start of the game.”
Lion Docaj put the visitors ahead after just four minutes before Diakiesse netted their second midway through the first half, and just before the hour mark Diakiesse netted another to give the foxes a three-goal cushion.
Seye Okunola then added a fourth and although Michael Clarke pulled one back
for the hosts in the 76th minute.
Ilford completed the scoring thanks to an own goal with two minutes remaining to complete a resounding win, seeing them remain ninth in the table.
And Goldstone admitted it’s been a frustrating first few weeks in the job after being forced to play striker Nick Reynolds and midfielder Harry Matthews at the back in their defeat.
“I pre-empted Nick anyway as the other centre-halve was going to start alongside him but when I found out he wasn’t available, we had to drop Harry Matthews back as well.
“Although he has played there a number of times this season, it isn’t his actual position.
“It’s not helping that we’re having players drop out, although it’s through no fault of their own, it has made it a frustrating couple of weeks.”
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