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Hoskin – where it’s gone wrong for Barrow AFC this season

ASHLEY Hoskin believes relegation-battling Barrow AFC would be up to 10 points better off and sat in mid-table if they had “defended properly” so far this season.

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COSTLY: Barrow defenders Matt Flynn (left), Tom Anderson (centre) and Mike Pearson (right) are dejected after Nuneaton’s injury-time equaliser in October

The Bluebirds’ assistant boss has this week analysed footage and match reports from every one of the team’s 21 games in Blue Square Bet Premier.

He has concluded that 18-20 of the 39 goals conceded could have been avoided and as a result Barrow should be as high as 10th in the table rather than sitting second-bottom of the pile.

Hoskin said: “If we had defended properly we wouldn’t have conceded at least 18 to maybe 20 of the goals that we have.

“I went through every goal, looking at when we switched off, teams getting free headers and when (goalkeeper) Danny (Hurst) came (for crosses) or didn’t come.

“But it’s not just about the defenders and goalkeeper, it’s about one to 11, all the players. When you defend set-pieces your strikers and midfielders are back defending.

“Basically, if everyone did their jobs I think I worked it out that we would be roughly eight to 10 points better off.

“When you look at the league table you see that eight to 10 points more on our total would have us as high as 10th place.

“It’s very frustrating, but, on the other hand, you can use it as a positive because teams are not ripping us to pieces.

“The only time I can honestly say we were under the cosh of a team that tried to get it down and play the game the right way was away at Wrexham in the first half (when Barrow lost 3-0 at the Racecourse Ground on September 25).

“I thought Wrexham’s midfield and the movement of their strikers was exceptional.

“Apart from that you have to be positive and say that if the penny finally drops and we can cut out the stupid mistakes, we are a match for anybody in this league.”

Barrow, who lost 2-0 at home against Hereford United in their last outing, are next in action on Saturday when they make the long trip to lower-league Chesham United in the FA Trophy second round.

After that they will attempt to play their twice-postponed FA Cup second round home tie against Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night, with Championship leaders Cardiff City awaiting the winners in the third round.

Should the second round game end in a draw, the tie would be replayed at the home of the Silkmen on Saturday, December 29, replacing the Barrow versus Macclesfield Blue Square Bet Premier fixture which is down to take place on that date.

A potential FA Trophy replay with Chesham would take place on Tuesday, January 8, replacing Barrow's league trip to Luton Town.

A provisional date, subject to Lancashire FA approval, of Tuesday, January 15, has been set for Barrow’s Lancashire Trophy second round trip to Marine.

Have your say

It all went wrong about 4 days after Darren Sheridan left, wondered at the time who motivated out of the two managers, now I know. It all went wrong when the board focused fully on hospitality and forgot the supporters on the terraces. There are lots of issues at the club on and off the field which could be easily rectified but they are all to busy in their own self importance. three times I have written to Mr Keen regarding issues at the club and three times I have had no reply. I have supported them for twenty years, reserve my seat and pay a membership. what a joke

Posted by Hughie Corr on 14 December 2012 at 12:52

There was no need to review footage to establish the fact the we conceded goals through lax defending, watching the games told us all that!!

Posted by Alan on 14 December 2012 at 12:14

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