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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Bayliss tells Barrow players: Go get us some goals

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss wants players from all areas of the pitch to start chipping in with goals.

Of the 26 league goals scored the season – the fewest of any side in Blue Square Bet Premier – striker Adam Boyes and midfielder Richie Baker have contributed 14 between them, each netting seven times.

That means the rest of the squad have added just 12 goals in the 24 matches played so far.

Tonight the bottom-of-the-table Bluebirds go to sixth-placed non-league heavyweights Luton Town and with Baker still sidelined due to a bruised foot, the burden of goalscoring responsibilities will once again rest on the shoulders of 22-year-old Boyes.

Bayliss, however, wants others to start chipping in with goals.

“Richie is our second top scorer in all competitions with 10 (Boyes has 12) and is a threat to opposition teams,” said the Barrow boss, whose side lost 2-0 at play-off contenders Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.

“He’s got those goals from midfield and is a big player for us. I think you only realise how much you miss Richie when he’s not in the side. He’s the type of lad who can play week-in, week-out and while people might see him as a normal type of player, we know he is very special to us because he will pop up with important goals.

“But we need players, the likes of Paul Rutherford, Garry Hunter, James Owen and even our centre-halves, to chip in too.

“We work on set-pieces a lot but come match days we don’t seem to have that hunger and desire to go and head a ball and risk getting hurt in the face to score a goal.”

Luton warmed up for tonight’s clash with a high-profile 1-0 home win over Championship big-guns Wolverhampton Wanderers at Kenilworth Road in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

A stunning strike from Alex Lawless in front of a bumper crowd of 9,638 earned the Hatters a fourth round trip to Premier League outfit Norwich City and cost Wolves manager Stale Solbakken his job.

Former Luton defender Bayliss, who spent four years with the Bedfordshire club between 2001 and 2005, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that they knocked out Wolves because Luton is a tough place to go and there was over 9,000 people there, so it’s a very daunting atmosphere for anyone.

“We knew our game at Kidderminster was going to be a tough game for us and we know Luton will be a tough game too, as they all are at this level, whether you are top or bottom.

“We have to go again. We said to the lads after the Kidderminster game that we have to pick ourselves up.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have got to get on with it, show the same grit, fight and desire as we did on Saturday, but stay in the game longer than we did at Kidderminster (Barrow conceded after just three minutes).

“We contributed to our own downfall at Kidderminster by not staying in the game long enough. We have to go to Luton and stay in the game, that’s a fact. We have to stay in it for a long period and then hopefully the crowd will turn on them.”

Barrow were thumped 5-1 at Luton on their last visit to Kenilworth Road – a ground they have never triumphed at – in October 2011.

The Bluebirds were only able to name three substitutes that day.

The two sides have met once since then, with Barrow winning 1-0 at Holker Street in February last year courtesy of Alex-Ray Harvey’s only goal for the club.

BARROW’S GOAL-SCORERS

League only: 7 Adam Boyes, Richie Baker; 3 Danny Rowe, Joe Jackson; 2 Louis Almond; 1 Garry Hunter, Paul Rutherford, Gavin Skelton, Matt Flynn.

All competitions: 12 Adam Boyes; 10 Richie Baker; 4 Danny Rowe; 3 Garry Hunter, Joe Jackson, Louis Almond; 2 Matt Flynn; 1 Paul Rutherford, Gavin Skelton, Sean McConville.

Have your say

Yeah they got one, shame Luton got 6, here we have a 'manager' who was a centre back, but the defence is woeful

Posted by G Billigrama on 9 January 2013 at 07:15

Well I hope the team were motivated by the boss Dave Bayliss's pre game pep talk.Nobody can dispute that he's keen determined and committed.I hope the team are tapped into him.Shame he's not playing.Come on BARROW AFC.Zigger zagger zigger zagger oy oy oy.You've a lot of games ahead to change things,DO IT,for the loyal fans,the club the boss,and even little me, Csptain BLUEBIRDS Eye.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 8 January 2013 at 19:35

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