Bayliss battle cry for Barrow AFC
Last updated at 16:32, Tuesday, 05 February 2013
DAVE Bayliss has issued an FA Trophy battle cry ahead of Barrow AFC’s tricky showdown at in-form Gainsborough Trinity by warning his rejuvenated players to guard against complacency.
Barrow head into tonight’s quarter-final clash in confident mood following Saturday’s excellent 1-0 triumph over Conference big boys Luton Town.
After securing a third successive victory, Bayliss’s men will fancy their chances of sweeping aside the Conference North contenders and securing a tasty semi-final date with Wrexham.
But Gainsborough, who are managed by former Bluebird Steve Housham, have other ideas, having already seen off Blue Square Bet Premier duo Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth en route to the last eight.
Housham’s men are also buoyed by stringing together a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions, and by occupying the final Conference North play-off spot.
So now Bayliss has called for a repeat of the committed displays that saw the Bluebirds fight back from two goals behind to secure a 2-2 FA Cup draw, and then win the subsequent replay 1-0, against Gainsborough’s league rivals Guiseley earlier this season.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s clash at The Northolme (7.45pm), Bayliss said: “We know it’s going to be a tough game, especially after playing Guiseley this season – those were tough games so we’re not going to underestimate Gainsborough and we know we’ll have to work extremely hard.
“It’s a one-off so if we don’t perform we can’t put it right the next week like we can in the league. It was a fantastic performance on Saturday but that has gone now, so we’ve got to start in the right manner tonight and do the basics right again.
“If we’re not up for it and don’t compete, then we’ll get beat. I think the lads know they’ve got to be up for it because they know what to expect – we’ve been knocked out by lower league teams before.
“But we played Guiseley and our attitude was spot on and we know it will be a similar type of game.
Our attitude has got to be right and we have to match them physically.
“In any game of football you have to win the battle - when you’ve done that you have the right to play and your abilities should shine through.
“They have beaten Forest Green and Tamworth so they know that they can beat teams from our level, and we know it.
“So we have to make sure we don’t become another statistic tonight.”
The next few weeks could make or break Barrow’s season as they eye a third FA Trophy triumph, and more importantly claw their way out of the Conference drop zone.
And in the wake of putting together their best winning run of the campaign, Bayliss has cautiously urged his players to keep their momentum going.
“It’s a massive time of the year,” added Bayliss.
“We’ve only won two league games on the bounce (also a including a 2-0 success against Newport) and we’re still in the relegation zone.
“But tonight’s a totally different ball game because it’s a Trophy game.
“When you win games it breeds confidence and you feel unbeatable.
“But there’s a fine line between complacency and arrogance, so we have to make sure we are confident and not complacent by working hard.”
Barrow’s threadbare squad will be further weakened as new recruits Danny L Rowe and Lee McEvilly are cup-tied. Central defender Danny O’Donnell is also cup-tied, although the 26-year-old is already sidelined as he recovers from the dislocated shoulder he suffered by colliding with Danny Hurst on Saturday.
Hurst played on with a sore shoulder and is a slight doubt for tonight’s clash, although Bayliss is confident the stopper will be fit for purpose.
“Danny trained on Monday and he will have a fitness test today,” said Bayliss.
“We’ve got Shaun Pearson who is a really good under-study and has done well when he’s played this season, so we will have no hesitation in putting him in if Danny is struggling.
“But Danny is 99 per cent fine – he’ll be all right.”
First published at 16:31, Tuesday, 05 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Win some lose a lot..that seems to be Barrows motto at the moment, we are losing games that we SHOULD be winning, the odd one like the Luton match was through good fortune rather than skill..and that is why there is a lack of support Mr Walker so tell the player's that you are also embarrassed with them too!Reading other match reports, we are being hailed as 'Lowly Barrow' not good for motivation for players and fans alike.
Come on lads, heads up and show us what you are made of...or do you believe the rumours that the peeps at the top think we woukd be better off in a lower div? Prove em all wrong!
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I didn't even know they were playing this game the other night. I'm a bit upset that they got beat though, i was planning on going to the semi final match if they'd have won. I even told my young son that I'd take him! oh well another disappointment in a dissapointing season for the blueboys!!george g
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