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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Bayliss: Defeat was 'massively harsh'

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss described his side’s 3-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers as “massively harsh.”

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AND THE BEAT GOES ON: Yan Klukowski scores from the spot as Barrow AFC lose 3-0 at Forest Green Ade Hoskins

The Bluebirds, who had keeper Danny Hurst back between the sticks, were beaten by a second half Yan Klukowski hat-trick.

Barrow have now lost six games in a row, failed to score in more than 10 hours of football and conceded 14 goals in their last three outings. They remain 13th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, with five matches left to play. The Bluebirds controlled the first half and had the better chances but were punished by two goals in three minutes shortly after the interval.

Forest Green’s opener came from the penalty spot after Barrow defender Danny Hone was adjudged to have handled inside the box. Klukowski then grabbed his second on 51 minutes before wrapping up his hat-trick in stoppage-time with a fortuitous free-kick.

Bayliss said: “It’s a game we dominated from start to finish. A sloppy start to the second half has cost us. Apart from that, the lads were brave, they got on the ball and a 3-0 scoreline was massively harsh.

“Things are going against us at the moment, things like their third goal, where the lad’s shot has hit the bar and gone in off the back of Danny’s head. That’s just how things are going at the moment. The lads were brave and played really well in the first half. It’s about taking chances and we never took them when they came our way.

“Then we made a mistake with Kelvin (Lomax) letting a ball drop over his head instead of clearing it and that led to a penalty, which the lads say was never a penalty in a million years.

“Things are going against us at the moment but we have to keep believing in what we are doing and we will turn the corner.”

He added: “The lads are gutted, angry and frustrated because they know they controlled the game, especially the first 45 minutes. So to come away with nothing is really frustrating. But that five-minute spell at the start of the second half has cost us.

“It was a psychological blow as well to concede two goals like that after playing so well in the first half. It’s disappointing and frustrating.

“We have a group of around 16 players. As long as they keep putting in the effort in, and have the right attitude, I can’t ask for more.”

Having seen his team beaten 7-0 at Mansfield and 4-0 by Braintree in their previous two games, Bayliss changed Barrow’s formation with Gavin Skelton and James Owen both playing midfield holding roles. This allowed the three players ahead of them – Paul Rutherford, Richie Baker and Adam Boyes – to push forward and support Andy Cook in what, at times, was a four-man attack.

Despite this positive switch, a goal once again eluded Barrow as the drought passed 600 minutes.

Bayliss said: “Take the two goals at the start of the second half out of the reckoning and our formation worked perfectly, we had lots of possession and created chances.

“People, however, will only remember the result not the performance and that’s how football has always been, it’s a results business.

“We have a young group of players and we will keep encouraging them. Boyesy and Cooky have hit 30-35 goals between them this season.

“For them (the goals) to dry up, after doing what they’ve done, is a confidence thing.

“Cooky has hit two in the first half, which when things were going for him would have gone in. We have to keep going, work really hard through it and prepare for the next game.”

He added: “The first half was probably some of the best football we have played for years without actually going in front, and it’s disappointing because I don’t want to get beaten.

“The last three games we’ve been beaten by seven, four and three.

“It’s disappointing but you can’t throw the towel in or hide, you have to keep going and hopefully the harder you work the luckier you will become and something will hit someone’s backside and go in, and then the floodgates will open again.”

Have your say

What game was Mr Bayliss watching? First half was forgettable although Barrow started brightly and Rovers had a Jan K goal disallowed for offside. Second half Barrow was not at the races, and Rovers could have been 3 up after just 10 minutes of the restart, not simply 2. Then we closed it out until Jan's sensational coup de grace. Barrow had 2 on target shots in the first half 1 in the second. Easy to pass it around in your own half - Rovers do it in both. This was not one of our better performances - but it did not need to be. All teams suffer ill luck and we've had our basin full this year. But it pays not to be deluded

Posted by Chrisgump2011 on 3 April 2012 at 15:54

That's life Dave. Accept it and move on. It was only an outside chance that we would do well in the play-offs (if we made it). You would have given anything to be 13th at this stage of the season in previous years. You know it's not all bad. Every team has a poor run sometimes. At least it has given you to opportunity to free your mind of promotion and start thinking for next season.

The best thing to do is to plan and consolidate now for next season and have stomping year.

Posted by George on 3 April 2012 at 10:10

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