Gulfer: Barkingside never got going
PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 September 2015
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Side manager bemoans poor display after FA Cup exit
Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer believes the team failed to play to their potential as they went out of the FA Cup against Ipswich Wanderers.
Side welcomed the Wanderers, who play in a step below in the English football pyramid, to the Cricklefields Stadium looking to set up a home tie in the first qualifying round against Canvey Island.
But the hosts fell behind in the 29th minute before the visitors added a second seven minutes later to head in to half time with a two goal lead.
Jonathan Adebayo pulled a goal back for Barkingside to give them hope of a comeback with 24 minutes remaining but his team could not find an all-important equaliser.
It is the third time in four seasons that Side have fallen at the first hurdle in their FA Cup adventure and Gulfer was gutted the team did not perform better against the Wanderers.
“We never got going. It was like we had lead in our boots the entire game,” said Gulfer.
“I don’t think the boys were complacent because they are in a lower league than us. It would be unfair to the boys to put that tag on them.
“But it was a poor performance from us overall and I’m very disappointed to exit the competition so early.”
One slight positive that did emerge for Barkingside was the return of young Sam Heard, who replaced the injured Darren Behcet between the sticks for the second half.
Behcet went off at the interval with a torn groin, allowing Heard to make his first appearance since letting in nine against Hornchurch in the Ryman League Cup.
But the youngster fared much better this time around and did not concede a goal but Gulfer was quick to urge caution in Heard’s development.
“He’s a young goalkeeper and we don’t want to rush him. It’s had level to play at for someone of his age,” added Gulfer.
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