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Barrow AFC boss demands better performance

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss is demanding a massive improvement from his players when they go to Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Bluebirds head to Moss Rose for their second round replay on the back of what the Barrow boss described as an “absolute garbage” performance in Boxing Day’s 2-0 home league defeat against Gateshead.

At stake tomorrow is £27,000 in prize money and a third round home tie against Championship leaders Cardiff City, but Bayliss knows his side will have to play more like they did in the first meeting – which ended 1-1 at Holker Street 10 days ago – and less like they did on Boxing Day.

“I was heartbroken and devastated on Boxing Day,” said the Bluebirds boss, whose side sit bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

“I expected a lot more than that, especially in the second half. Both sides had chances in the first half but our performance in the second half was not acceptable.

“The lads we brought on as subs made no impact and across the park it was embarrassing and a disgrace. We had a good crowd on and I felt so sorry for those supporters.

“In my five years in charge I have never come off a pitch after one half of football so disappointed in myself and my players. We let our brilliant supporters down. I was embarrassed to look our supporters and my seven-year-old son, who was there watching, in the eye. I was nearly crying.

“I can take getting beat, but not like that.

“That second half was absolute garbage. We were like a little group of wimps, and that doesn’t represent me.

“It’s my fault because I sign the players, but people said to me, and they’re right, that the team didn’t represent me as a player and a person. There was no heart, no enthusiasm, no fight. Some looked like they had overindulged at Christmas and there was nothing in the tank.

“Some of those players are on borrowed time, they are playing for their futures.

“We need an injection of freshness and that will come in January with some new players.”

He added: “What is so frustrating is that we were the complete opposite in the first FA Cup game against Macclesfield, when we played with heart and desire.

“The players need to do that again this weekend. All I want and all the supporters want is to see players wearing the shirt with pride.”

Tomorrow’s game will be Barrow’s last of 2012 – a calendar year in which they have so far played 51 times in all competitions, with a record of 14 wins, 15 draws and 22 defeats.

Bayliss, who is aiming to take Barrow to the FA Cup’s third round for the third time in the last five seasons, has a squad of 17 players to pick from, with defender Tom Anderson pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

The Bluebirds squad trained yesterday, after their day off was cancelled.

Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Macclesfield, who have won just one of their last eight in all competitions, lost 3-2 at Southport on Boxing Day.

The Silkmen will be without centre-half Kieron Charnock, who scored the opener in the first meeting at Holker Street, as he has returned to parent club Fleetwood for knee surgery.

Barrow (from): Hurst, S Pearson, Flynn, Skelton, Hessey, M Pearson, Anderson, Owen, Harvey, Hunter, Baker, Rutherford, McConville, Rowe, Boyes, Almond, Jackson.

Have your say

Only consolation on sat is that surely we cannot play as bad as Wednesdays disaster.
It is no wonder bayles said he was embarrassed.
Dont think I have ever seen such a display.
Not a clue going forward,midfield non existant and defence so fragile.
Body language said it all.
Agree with previous comment how the headless chicken(Rutherford) is ever selected I will never know.
He found his level at Chesham when he wasn,t too bad so really he should be playing at that level definitely not Conference standard but he keeps getting selected. Why?
Unfortunately for the club he is certainly not the only one who is playing well above his capabilities and unless there is a dramatic change of faces in the transfer window I just cannot see us anything but relegation certainties.
Danny Hurst,Hessey, Boyes to me stand out as having the quality for this level but as for the rest their level is a lot lower than the Conference.
I sincerely hope I am proved wrong as I want us to succeed but with the present squad and very strange tactics from the management set up on both selections and the way we play it will take a miracle for us to stay in that league.
Having watched some 37 games this season most of them Conference games I have to say we are in the correct position in the league.
It certainly is of no pleasure at all to come out with a statement like that but it is fact and without a dramatic change of players and tactics I fear I will be proved correct. Lets hope I am wrong.

Posted by Ken Haddock on 29 December 2012 at 02:11

only £27,000 at stake. good luck, you will need it going to macc with the team we have.

sort it out bayliss!!


Posted by cuffy on 28 December 2012 at 23:19

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