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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Cowards behind keyboards - Barrow AFC boss lays into critics

‘WE are Barrow, not Barcelona’ said Bluebirds manager Dave Bayliss in response to criticism from fans following last night’s 1-1 draw at AFC Telford United.

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Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss at Telford, where his side drew 1-1 in Blue Square Bet Premier - photo by Dave Howarth

Barrow snatched a share of the spoils thanks to a stoppage-time goal from substitute striker Joe Jackson, but remain second-bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table as the season nears the halfway point.

Speaking after the game at New Bucks Head, Bayliss, who was told by radio media that several supporters had contacted the station calling for his head, said: “You can guarantee half of them texting in or emailing in are cowards behind keyboards who weren’t here tonight, so what do they know? We have brilliant supporters, the real ones.

“We’ve got about 10 or 15 absolute nuggets who are sat behind a computer, just wanting to cause a bit of trouble.

“That’s down to them, they obviously have nothing better to do on a Tuesday night.

“If they want to come and see me at the ground and talk face to face I’ll openly do that because I can talk with the best.

“If they think they can do better than me then come see me, no problem.

“Sometimes away on a Tuesday night, young lads don’t perform particularly well.

“That’s what you find with young lads. At home there is no problem, with their friends and family behind them.

“Lads are learning their trade here, some of those lads we don’t even pay a wage for, so that’s how difficult it is. People don’t realise that. We’re Barrow not Barcelona. We haven’t got the resources of a Mansfield or a top side in this league. We do well with what we have got. We have to stick together, which we will do.”

Barrow defender Tom Anderson hit the crossbar in the first half before Telford took the lead on the stroke of half-time through a Steven Leslie strike that took a wicked deflection.

Telford then missed a host of good chances in the second half before Jackson struck in stoppage-time, pouncing on a Sean Hessey free-kick which home keeper Ryan Young had parried.

Bayliss said: “We dominated the first half and a clumsy error by big Tom Anderson cost us the goal in the first half.

“Telford had chances in the second half when we were pushing on so much.

“But we got what we deserved because we kept going – as we have done so many times this season.

“We had good ball in good areas tonight but let’s not forget we have a lot of young lads learning.

“I’m delighted for Joe that he scored the goal. He gambled after a wonderful free-kick from Hessey. The keeper parried it and it couldn’t have fallen to anyone better.

“When we hit the bar in the first half I thought it wasn’t going to be our night, then they score just before half-time.

“They had chance after chance but at 1-0 you still have a chance in game.”

Have your say

There Dave goes again another bad result take the focus of himself & blame people who have an opinion, We are rubbish he has made bad signings over & over again, I will keep going though as I am a seeason ticket holder in the holker street end, Should not have sold walker,mcnulty & edwards to Hyde last year

Posted by Jordan Hughes on 7 December 2012 at 15:41

Barrow football are useless.

Posted by Jim White on 6 December 2012 at 23:39

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