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FA Vase: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer fuming after poor display leads to loss at London Bari

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 September 2016

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side boss angry with performance after Vase exit

Manager Gursel Gulfer believes the best team lost after watching Barkingside crash out of the FA Vase following a 2-1 defeat at Essex Senior League rivals London Bari.

Side had taken the lead through Marvin Birch in the 67th minute of the second qualifying round tie at the Old Spotted Dog, but were pegged back three minutes later when Junior Decker netted for the hosts.

With no further goals, the match headed to extra time, where the Cricklefields Stadium club conceded a second in the 112th minute when Senou Kone netted for Bari.

Barkingside could not find a response in the remaining eight minutes, leaving Gulfer to mull over an exit made all the more galling by beating Bari 1-0 in the league the previous weekend.

“We had so many chances to win on Saturday and I think Bari were fortunate to go through, but that’s football and we have to take it on the chin,” said Gulfer.

“We were cruising at 1-0 and we conceded a goal on the break, which is very unlike us.

“I’m very unhappy with our display given we did well against them the week before, but maybe we were complacent when we should not have been.”

Even with the game tied at 1-1, Barkingside had a golden chance to retake the lead after being awarded a penalty in the 78th minute, only for Luke With to miss from 12 yards.

But Gulfer was quick to absolve his striker of any blame, adding that Side created more than enough opportunities to find a winner in normal time.

“Forget the penalty, we still had plenty of chances to win otherwise,” he added. “We had more than enough shots on goal and we should have been in the draw for the next round.”


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