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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Hoskin: Barrow AFC will beat the drop

DEFIANT Ashley Hoskin says he and Dave Bayliss are determined to revive Barrow AFC’s season and insists the club will definitely beat the drop.

The Bluebirds are firmly entrenched in the Blue Square Bet Premier bottom four and facing massive back-to-back home games against Nuneaton and Woking in the next five days.

Morale-boosting recent wins against big guns Newport and Luton were followed by a depressing 8-1 capitulation at Mansfield and a 5-2 collapse at Southport, after an FA Trophy exit at lower-league Gainsborough.

Those heavy league defeats have turned up the pressure on boss Bayliss and number two Hoskin to get AFC’s season back on track, starting with Saturday’s six-pointer against relegation rivals Nuneaton.

But Hoskin says the management pair are confident they can roll their sleeves up and get the team out of the hole they find themselves in – and he is prepared to meet fans at Holker Street on Saturday to hear their concerns.

“I wouldn’t walk away from anything – I never have, or ever will,” he said. “I feel that Dave and myself are the two people to get us out of this.

“Walking away has never, ever entered my head and until we’re told otherwise we’ll still give 110 per cent for this football club. We’re under pressure because the game is built on pressure.

“We haven’t heard anything regarding pressure from the board or anything like that.

“But, at the end of the day, it’s a results business isn’t it, and the results aren’t good enough at the minute.

“But I will say one thing; whatever happens I’ll be Barrow through and through and so will Dave.

“And that contributes a lot more than someone who doesn’t love the club or whatever.”

He added: “I came in here during the summer to join Dave, who has had five fantastic years as manager.

“I’ll go on record now – and you can put this in your paper – we will stay up.

“I will meet with anybody in the bar on Saturday before and after the game.

“I’ll have a drink and a chat with them and answer any questions they want to ask me. I’m fine with that and I guarantee we will stay in this Conference league.”

Hoskin says the addition of 40-year-old centre-back Efe Sodje to the ranks will be “massive” for the club.

Although the former Nigerian World Cup player could do little to prevent 10-man AFC collapsing in the second half at Haig Avenue on Tuesday, Hoskin feels his vast experience will help steady the ship.

Barrow had led 1-0 at Southport early on, but the dismissal of James Owen after 17 minutes was a pivotal moment. Even though the Bluebirds were still in front at the break, the extra man eventually took its toll as the Sangrounders went on a second-half goals rampage.

“The effort and desire from the players in the first half was fantastic but their first goal absolutely killed us,” said Hoskin, of the Southport match.

“You could see that the lads dropped off and it was only three or four minutes into the second half. But the bottom line is that we have to roll our sleeves up.

“On Tuesday, it was a game we felt we could get something from, so we’ve now got to look to Saturday which is massive. We’ll get the lads back on track and hopefully get something from Saturday’s game.

“We’ll be in on Thursday, we’ll watch Tuesday’s match DVD, we’ll work on different things in training and we just roll up our sleeves and get on with it.”

lThe winner of our competition in association with Blue Square Bet to win a half-season ticket for Barrow AFC’s remaining home games is Robin Edmondson, of Barrow. He correctly told us that Barrow won their last home game against Luton Town.

Have your say

I believe there are many behind Dave and Ashley, although there are also a reasonable section that want them

At one nil up, what was Owen doing? Has he no feelings for his team mates, his manager and his club? Obviously not..... Personally he would be picking up his cards right now if I could be in charge for 1 minute. Such an important match and one individual jeopodises the club's immediate future. Newport and Luton count for nothing if we drop and a contributor to that outcome would be Owen. I hope he thinks hard about his stupid action.

Posted by george on 15 February 2013 at 12:35

And Well said captain bluebirdseye. The past is the past being positive is only way forward from now.

Posted by Jonny G on 15 February 2013 at 09:33

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