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Bayliss rues mistakes as late Nuneaton double sinks Barrow AFC

DAVE Bayliss has warned his Barrow AFC players to cut out the damaging mistakes which threaten to wreck their survival ambitions after they inexplicably surrendered the lead before falling to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat against relegation rivals Nuneaton Town on Saturday.

The Bluebirds looked on course to secure a deserved third Blue Square Bet Premier home win of the campaign after taking the lead through Adam Boyes’s classy 48th-minute finish.

But with just two minutes of normal time remaining, goalkeeper Danny Hurst dropped a clanger by spilling a corner delivery to offer Town striker Andy Brown the easy task of heading home.

And Barrow’s agony didn’t end there as weak defending allowed Town to complete their smash and grab raid, with substitute James Dance looping his 90th-minute header into the net.

And while a bewildered Bayliss did not dispute the quality of his players, he said: “It’s plain and simple, we made two mistakes at the end of the game and it has cost us.

“As a team, we can’t keep making mistakes like that, and if we do, we’ll get relegated and find it a real struggle.

“We never looked in danger for 87 minutes, and then, all of a sudden, we make an horrendous error and it’s changed the game and cost us.”

The defeat sees Nuneaton leapfrog Barrow in the relegation zone, but while Bayliss’s men drop one place to second-from-bottom they are just two points adrift from safety.

With reference to Barrow’s survival hopes still being very much alive in this season’s close relegation dogfight, Bayliss added: “We can keep saying that, but there’s saying things and doing them.

“There was a message on the board in the dressing room, which says ‘do your basics well, you win the game of football’.

“For 87 minutes we did that, but then I don’t know what Danny was doing to be fair.

“It’s a mistake, and it changed the game but Danny is a good goalkeeper and a good lad.

“But we’ve got to stop making mistakes, whether it’s at left-back, right-back, centre-half or in goal we have got to take responsibility.

“It’s about concentration, because if you switch off for one minute at this level you get punished.

“We did that twice in three minutes and got beat.”

And with one eye on tomorrow’s home clash with Woking, Bayliss said: “Every game’s difficult and if you keep making mistakes like that then they are going to be even more difficult.

“There’s nothing I can do if those lads go out onto the pitch and the keeper decides not to catch the ball - I don’t know what else I can do. We go into every game thinking we’ve got to win, and we’re capable of winning, but we’re also capable of shooting ourselves in the foot.

“I think if you look at every single player in the dressing room, including the ones we had last year and the ones we’ve kept, I can’t remember them making so many mistakes between them.”

However, Bayliss remains level-headed over his side’s long-term prospects in sticking with his seven-win survival target which he believes his achievable, despite his obvious frustration.

“It’s a damaging result because we were in a great position to win the game – what Tuesday’s game will bring, I don’t know,” said Bayliss.

“We still need seven wins whether that means winning seven out of seven games or the seven out of the 16 that remain.

“The points tally we need is still the same but it would have been a lot easier if we had got three points.”

The kick-off time for Barrow’s final-day home clash against Braintree on Saturday, April 20, has been put back to 5.15pm.

All Conference fixtures will be played out at the same time, and either a promotion or relegation cliffhanger will be televised.

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Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 19 February 2013 at 11:08

Mr bungee. you make managment sound so easy. Bet your great on them football manager games.

Posted by the poacher on 18 February 2013 at 22:30

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