Frew proud of his side’s effort despite Aveley defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:33 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:58 23 September 2014

Joe Ellul (far right) received a caution after going in late on Aveley goalkeeper James Marrable (on the floor). Pic: Alexander Mandelstam

Joe Ellul (far right) received a caution after going in late on Aveley goalkeeper James Marrable (on the floor). Pic: Alexander Mandelstam


Barkingside boss Matt Frew is hoping his side have turned a corner following their valiant effort against Aveley last night.

The Cricklefield outfit lost out 1-0 courtesy of Petrit Elbi’s second half strike, but Frew’s charges were reduced to nine men after Joe Ellul and former Aveley player Joe Bricknell saw red for two bookable offences each.

Frew had urged for his side to raise their game and start working as a group. They did just that and although though they may not have achieved the result they were looking for, Frew believed that was much more like the Barkingside of old.

“I said to you earlier there wasn’t a togetherness and I think today we have turned a corner,” said Frew.

“Everyone that was here could see we gave it our all and that’s all I can ask of my players. They all worked tirelessly.

“I knew it was going to be an uphill battle as soon as we went down to 10 men, but we still didn’t give up even when we were reduced to nine men.

“I’ve got nothing bad to say about the performance. I’ve said to them if we keep doing that we’ll be alright this season “

Barkingside picked up seven bookings on the night, most of which were for venting their frustration at the officials or decisions not going their way, and Frew knows that’s got to stop.

“It is frustrating with the silly little bookings we have picked up,” he added.

“I don’t mind bookings when they are for tackles but when you see people throwing balls and kicking balls out of the ground it’s not on and I made that clear to certain individuals in the dressing room.”

The Millers were not at their best in the slender victory, and Frew felt his side deserved credit for not allowing them to play their natural game.

“I think we have got to take a bit of credit for how they played,” said Frew. “They have been tearing teams apart. We sent out a team to battle and get in their faces a bit. I think it worked and the tactics were spot on.”

And while pleased with his own side’s performance, he was less than pleased with the Aveley players constantly surrounding the referee after an incident on the pitch, which he felt may have swayed the officials with decisions on the pitch.

“I am not a sore loser but what disappointed me was the way the players ran round the referee and officials,” he said.

“I think with Aveley that’s what happened. Anyone that was here saw it. Whenever there was a late tackle two or three bodies ran in.

“I don’t know whether they say something before the game but I think that’s terrible. Let the referee deal with it, he don’t need other people coming in, he’s seen it so let him deal with it.

“I think when you see people do that it can sway the referee’s decision and maybe it is because we are too nice. Maybe we have just got to learn by this, but I will never tell my players to do that and I don’t know if their manager does.”

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