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Luton defeat painful for Barrow boss Bayliss

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss described last night’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of his former employers, Luton Town, as “painful”.

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DISAPPOINTMENT: AFC boss Dave Bayliss and assistant Ashley Hoskin at Kenilworth Road last night JANE RUSSELL

The bottom-of-the-table Bluebirds, who were recently hit by a transfer embargo due to an unpaid tax bill, travelled to Kenilworth Road with just 13 players.

Speaking after the defeat, Bayliss said: “It was always going to be tough coming here anyway, but to give away the goals we did was very, very disappointing.

“We had spoken about staying in the game for as long as we could but, like Saturday when we also conceded early, we went down in the second minute.

“When you come here you have to silence the crowd first and foremost. However, all we did was give them a big, big lift.

“It was men and against boys. We didn’t really stand a chance once the first goal went in. It was always going to be an uphill battle after that.

“Luton are by far the best side I have seen this season but I think we gave them a really big helping hand tonight.

“You can go through every single goal and pinpoint where it could have been stopped.

“But we came down here with 12 outfield players, clearly they tried their best again, you can’t deny the effort and attitude was there, but unfortunately for us the quality and ability to defend was again not. The spine of the side was soft and that has to improve.

“Look at Luton’s big, daunting, imposing two centre-halves and look at ours – it was men against boys out there.”

Luton scored three times in each half, while Barrow’s consolation came from striker Adam Boyes on 68 minutes.

Bayliss added: “It’s a Luton side that has been assembled with a lot of money, money we haven’t got.

“Jon Shaw (who scored a hat-trick) is the best striker in the league for me. He had the run of the game tonight. I’d love to have Jon with us but unfortunately Jon’s wages would cover about six of our players.

“We said to our players tonight to go and enjoy themselves in front of a big crowd and in a great stadium but some of them looked like rabbits caught in the headlights, which is disappointing.

“I love coming back to Luton but I didn’t enjoy that. It was painful.

“But until we can bring further players in we have got what we have got.”

On the transfer embargo, the Bluebirds boss added: “Hopefully it will get lifted soon and we can start bringing players in.

“We have already identified three or four we want to bring in and who will make a massive difference to the team.

“Hopefully things will get sorted out this week and we can move on, bring better players in and they will improve us massively.

“I’ve had lads lined up to come in since last Friday, one or two trained with us last week, but we couldn’t do the deals.

“It’s one of those unfortunate things and I’m not blaming anyone. The chairman and directors have put money into the football club for no real return and it costs a lot of money to play at this level, so I’m not pointing the finger at anyone.

“All I want is to strengthen the side. (Assistant manager) Ash Hoskin came into training yesterday and said he would pay the bill. That shows he has too much money for start, but seriously there are genuine people who will help us out and the sooner it gets done the better.”

Have your say

Luton Town fans,a big thank you for your wonderful comments,they are indeed appreciated by supporters of a club sailing through turbulent waters at the moment.
I know I speak on behalf of my circle of Mates that follow 'Barra Soccer' when i say it is a privilege and an honour to be playing a massive club such as yourselves and long may it continue-but there again,we wish you all the luck in the world to achieve your ultimate aim of league status.

Posted by Ramon Harris on 10 January 2013 at 13:17

Thanks for the feedback guys, nice to hear from opposition fans. een a difficukt spell for us, fingers crossed we can get ourselves going again - quickly. Good luck for the rest of the season - afetr early Feb anyways ;-)

Posted by ian on 10 January 2013 at 10:49

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