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AFC boss blasts 'horrendous' performance

DISGRACEFUL, horrendous and rock-bottom were just three of the ways furious Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss described his team’s performance in the 4-0 defeat against Braintree Town on Saturday.

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The Bluebirds wilted to their heaviest home loss in two seasons at a sun-drenched Furness Building Society Stadium, just seven days after slumping to their biggest reversal for 36 years in the 7-0 hammering at Mansfield.

Barrow have now lost five games in a row, conceded 15 goals in the process, failed to score in more than eight hours of football and tumbled to 13th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table with six matches left to play. The last time the Bluebirds suffered such a poor run of league form was eight years ago when they lost six on the trot.

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat, watched by 939 spectators, Barrow’s second lowest league gate of the campaign, Bayliss said: “It was a horrendous performance. You can’t play like that and expect to win any game. Today was rock-bottom and last week was rock-bottom.

“I’m massively, massively shocked and surprised at what happened today. I expected a reaction from the players after last weekend, but what I got was nowhere near good enough.

“There were a few home truths told after the game. I can always take getting beat, but it’s the manner in which we lost.

“The first half especially was a disgraceful performance.

“I feel massively let down. It would have been very easy to hit the roof in training every day this past week after the Mansfield game but I didn’t.

“However, next week now will not be so relaxed.

“I also feel myself that I have let the supporters down because that team is supposed to represent me and I can guarantee you now that today does not represent me. The goals we conceded were not even good goals. We defended poorly as a team and didn’t keep the ball.

“We train hard at keeping the ball and, when we don’t have it, to work hard to get it back. We haven’t taken that into a match situation today and that is really disappointing.”

Prior to the miserable five-game losing run, Barrow had risen to within four points of the play-off places. That gap is now 12 points.

Asked what has gone wrong in the past two-and-a-half-weeks, Bayliss said: “That out there today was just about the same team that won at Kidderminster at the start of this month. I don’t really understand what has gone wrong. I’m racking my brains trying to work out what has gone wrong. I honestly don’t know whether the lads have thought ‘well, the season is over, I’ve done enough to earn a new contract’. But those players are fast walking out of this football club.

“We made it to 50 points, then soon to 55 and told the lads we wanted to get into the 60s as quickly as possible.

“To go from four points off the play-offs to a really poor mid-table side is beyond me.

“I have a contract for next year, I’m fine. Those players have not.

They have to earn a right to get a contract here because if you were a scout or opposition manager watching today’s game you wouldn’t take any of our players.”

Have your say

i am a barrovian and to be honest barrow are punching above there weight anyway in the conference. to sustain a competitive side in the conference you need big crowds big sponorship top players and looking from the outside bayliss and sheridan have done marvelous job with the limits they have to work within. But once again as in the past expectations are high and when things go wrong its the boards fault the manager the players fault, and to a point thats right. But we have to remember the limits that the board management and players have to work with barrow are not and never will be a rich club and i for one think the club does well considering its financial position, so keep upthe good work

Posted by big al on 27 March 2012 at 12:37

Unfortunately,or perhaps fortunately,I was unable to attend Saturday's game, but did listen to it on th radio. I understand all the comments from the other correspondents and agree with the majority,especially in respect of wingers racing down the bye-line and then coming back and playing the ball backwards instead of firing in crosses; and pulling everyone back to defend corners and free kicks, leave someone at the half way line for the clearance,if 10 men can't defend against 7 or 8 there's something wrong.I listened to Bayliss's interview and the point he was making was if the players want a new contract then play and show they are worthy for the whole season. I don't see how he can be blamed for their poor on field performances when the same team has shown it can play well in other games.

Posted by Alan on 27 March 2012 at 12:25

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