Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer says his side were better than Ilford after goalless draw
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2016
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Side boss feels draw was a fair result, but his team created the better chances
Manager Gursel Gulfer believes Barkingside were in control of their goalless draw with Ilford before skipper Paul Wright was given his marching orders in the second half of the Essex Senior League derby.
Side had lost the reverse fixture 5-1 on the opening day of season, but were keen to avoid a repeat and started brightly against their Cricklefield Stadium landlords.
Gulfer saw striker Luke With miss the target with an early overhead kick, while team-mate David Laird fired an effort wide.
However, neither side could find a breakthrough before Barkingside, who were the designated hosts, saw Wright dismissed for a late tackle.
Fellow Side player Leon Smith was also given his marching orders in the closing moments, but despite the dismissals, Gulfer feels it was his side who played better.
“It was feisty, but for 65 minutes it was all us, even if most of our chances were half-chances,” said Gulfer.
“Even with a lot of injuries, we knew there was going to be no repeat of the 5-1 loss in July.
“After the red card, things got a little bitty, but I felt we were the better side.
“We then had another man sent off near the end and where the referee got 11 minutes of stoppage time from I don’t know, but we held out well.”
Gulfer went on to admit he has no qualms over the decision to dismiss Wright, believe the referee made the right call.
However, he feels a similar foul by Ilford did not receive the same punishment
“Paul’s red was deserved and he took one for the team, but it was a bit of a game changer,” he added.
“I felt Ilford should have had a man sent off too for a similar foul on Michael Ademiluyi, but the referee only showed a yellow.”
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