Barkingside manager Michael Walther pleased with efforts despite defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 September 2017

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)


Barkingside manager Michael Walther happy with the effort despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Redbridge.

Side slipped down to 10th in the Essex Senior League after two second-half goals from the Motormen’s Shaun Harris and Calvin Poku proved too much.

Michael Ogboin did pull one back for the hosts to equalise but the visitors still came out on top with a late winner and Walther is happy with how his men are progressing.

“I’m not disappointed with the effort that the boys put in because we had a game on Wednesday and a game on Friday.

“At one point we got it back to 1-1 and we had a chance to score a second, but the keeper pulled off a point blank save and if we would have gone in front maybe we would have had different options, but the squad as a whole now is really coming together.

“The boys are all getting on well, it’s a positive group so if at the start of the season you said to me you’d have 12 points after seven games and in that time we’ve played Great Wakering and Redbridge I’d probably be happy with that I think.”

The manager did admit he’s disappointed with the result as he feels they could have gone on to win it.

“We could have won I think and that’s the disappointing thing, but with the players we’ve got we’ve just got to improve them.

“It’s not like if our centre half has had a shocker we can go out and get another one in for £40 a week or whatever because of that you’ve got to deal with the rough and the smooth.”

Walther was pleased with the chances his side created but admits they must get back to work and keep improving as a team.

“We seemed to in every game, sometimes it’s the final pass or a shot goes over the bar or something like that.

“Its never nice when you lose and now that’s a couple in a row we’ve lost but you just have to take it on the chin really and keep trying to improve the players that you’ve got.”

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