Gulfer insists Barkingside won’t get relegated
PUBLISHED: 14:30 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:30 26 October 2015
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Side boss reflects on weekend defeat to Sudbury and fixture with Phoenix Sports
Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer has cited recurring defensive lapses for his side’s 3-1 defeat to AFC Sudbury in the Ryman North on Saturday at Cricklefield.
Side went into the game off the back of a much needed win against Great Wakering Rovers earlier in the week.
The momentum seemed to be with the hosts who got off the a positive start before a defensive error allowed Sudbury to take the lead.
Gulfer said: “Same old story. We missed a penalty in the first half and then a defensive lapse meant we went in 1-0 down a halftime.
“But I told the players how well we were playing. We came out and equalised and were well on top but then scored from a corner and then we were chasing the game until a dubious penalty for them at the end.”
Michael Spencer’s second half strike levelled the scores early in the second period before Barkingside again conceded late into the game.
The manager admits that this has become a frequent problem in recent weeks, adding: “we’re fine scoring; we’re just having a problem letting the goals in.
“It’s something we’re working on. But we’re still trying to find our way into this season and stay in the league.”
Gulfer believes that, despite an inconsistent run of results, his side’s performances will see them avoid relegation this campaign.
He added: “The last six or seven games we have been playing ever so well and, really, what more can I ask?
“There’s no way we’ll be relegated this year. We should be much higher up the table than we are.”
Barkingside’s next game is away to in form Phoenix Sports and the manager’s confidence shows no signs of weakening ahead of the match.
“I am optimistic we can get the three points. We have key players coming back who played in the win against Great Wakering,” said Gulfer.
“That is a boost. My squad isn’t that big but if we go in with the right team then I’m confident we can beat anyone.”
Barkingside sit 19th in the table ahead of their game at Phoenix Sports tomorrow (Tuesday), which kicks-off at 19:45.
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