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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow will stay up - Deasy

GOALKEEPER Tim Deasy would stake his life that Barrow will not be relegated from Blue Square Premier this season. But Barrow will be without Jason Walker tonight afterhe was suspended for four games by the FA.

The Bluebirds stopper returned to first team action with a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Histon last week and is determined to do likewise against Cambridge United at Holker Street tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

Despite letting in four in the defeat at Torquay on Saturday, Deasy is confident he can do that and that the Barrow team has far too much quality to go back down to Blue Square North.

“Come the end of the season, I would put my life on it right now that we will be safe, there will be no problems,” he stated confidently.

“There is too much quality for us to go down. We’ve have seen the teams who will be going down, the likes of Northwich and Lewes, but there is far too much quality, too much spirit, too much fight in our side to join them.

“There’s too many players who won’t let us go down.”

Deasy has spent a majority of this season on the bench after errors – including one in the 2-1 defeat at Cambridge in August – saw him dropped in favour of Scotland under-21s keeper Alan Martin.

But Martin’s knee injury gave him the chance to come back into the fold. and Deasy says he is now full of confidence once more.

“Not playing knocks your confidence, the first thing you lose is your confidence. I’ve filled in for Alan a few times and I feel I have done all right.

“I thought I gave a good performance on Tuesday, I did what I had to do and it gave me a lot of confidence back.

“I know that I owe the lads a couple of clean sheets from the start of the year. I will do my best, I’m gunning for another clean sheet.

“I know we took a 4-1 defeat on Saturday, but that’s not really knocked my confidence, I know there wasn’t anything I could do about the goals.”

“It’s another difficult game, but I’m looking to show what I can do.”

Barrow will be without striker Jason Walker after his appeal against his dismissal at Torquay on Saturday was dismissed by the FA. To make matters worse, they ruled that there were no grounds for appeal and increased the ban from three games to four.

Walker will now also miss the games against Lewes, Telford (in the Setanta Shield) and Weymouth.

His place up front will likely be taken by Lee Steele, with Nick Rogan and Paul Tait still out injured.

Steve McNulty serves the third game of his four-match ban, while Peter Winn is injured. Matt Henney could return after a late fitness test.

Barrow AFC (from): Deasy, Spender, Logan, Jones, Holness, McGill, Bond, Boyd, Steele, Hunt, Brown, Kerr, Woodyatt, Sheridan, Bayliss, Walker, Henney.

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