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Barrow coach offers no excuses for Gainsborough defeat

ASSISTANT-BOSS Ashley Hoskin slammed Barrow AFC’s defensive relapse and their lacklustre first-half showing following last night’s disappointing 2-0 FA Trophy quarter-final defeat at Gainsborough Trinity.

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KIT CHAOS Barrow, playing in Gainsborough’s yellow away strip, crash 2-0 at The Northolme Graham Taylor

The Bluebirds rarely got going in the opening period when they conceded yet more soft goals from set-pieces, which were converted by Trinity duo Michael Leary and Luke Waterfall.

Hoskin’s frustration was intensified as Barrow have looked a more solid unit in recent weeks, especially in achieving shut-outs in the wins over Conference big guns Newport and Luton Town.

Barrow spurned some decent chances during the tie and hit the woodwork twice, with striker Adam Boyes striking the post towards the end of the first half.

But Hoskin was in no mood to make excuses, saying: “We’re especially disappointed with the first half performance.

“It was like going back in time to five or six weeks ago. We couldn’t defend from set-pieces and people didn’t do their jobs.

“After the way we’ve played in the last three games, especially against Newport and Luton when we kept clean sheets, we proved that if people do their jobs and put their bodies on the line they will get rewarded.

“But you can’t give teams two-goal leads.

“We did that and I thought we were very poor in the first half and we have no complaints because they deserved to go into the break two goals up.

“That was even though we hit the post and had a couple of other chances.

“In the second half they never really got in our half and troubled us, but you can’t start games like that.

“We work extremely hard on dealing with set-pieces, and we knew exactly what they were going to do.

“But if you switch off you get punished. Sean Hessey switched off for the first goal and Matty Flynn switched off for the second goal – I never see Adam Boyes or Richie Baker getting a free header.”

The Bluebirds have received a further blow after their number one goalkeeper Danny Hurst was ruled out of last night’s game with a heavily bruised shoulder – and is now almost certain to miss Saturday’s league clash at Mansfield.

“Danny has a badly bruised shoulder in an area just above his collarbone, so we are maybe looking at him being out for another week to 10 days,” added Hoskin.

“But Shaun Pearson came in for him and I think he dropped one ball from a corner, but he did all right. He’s been waiting patiently and does well in training.”

On a more positive note, Barrow expect to sign young defender Sam Hibbert on a permanent deal until the end of this season later this week.

Hibbert joined the Hatters on non-contract terms in December but was later released following the recent sacking of former boss Jim Gannon, who was replaced by Darije Kalezic.

“Sam was very unfortunate because he’d been at Stockport for a four-week trial and did very well,” explained Hoskin.

“Stockport offered him a deal but then Jim Gannon parted company with the club and the new manager has come in and it’s not worked out for him.

“He’s a right-back who can play centre-half. Myself and Dave went to watch him play for Stockport when they played Manchester City and he looked comfortable in that company. He’s a tall lad and looked like he could play a bit.”

Have your say

Well we can concentrate on the League now, so there should be no excuses why we shouldnt stay up, should there?

Posted by Wally! on 6 February 2013 at 19:25

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