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Seven wins to stay up - Barrow AFC boss Bayliss

DAVE Bayliss has thrown down the gauntlet to his embattled Barrow AFC players by challenging them to win at least seven of their remaining 19 games and ensure their Blue Square Bet Premier status.

The Bluebirds lie third from bottom in the table, two points from safety ahead of tomorrow’s testing trip to Mansfield Town (kick-off 3pm).

AFC disappointingly crashed out of the FA Trophy 2-0 at Gainsborough in midweek – but they can take heart from their last two performances and results in the Conference as they head to Field Mill.

Barrow beat FA Cup giant-killers and play-off contenders Luton 1-0 at Holker Street last weekend, and their previous league game saw them stun another of the big guns, Newport County, 2-0 in South Wales.

But Bayliss warned: “We haven’t achieved anything – all we did against Luton was to take three points.

“There are 19 league games to go, so we’re probably looking for another seven wins, and with a few draws thrown in we should be safe – that is our main aim this season.”

If Barrow achieve those seven victories it would give them a total of 14 wins for the league season and at least 50 points. Those statistics back up the manager’s safety target figure, in line with AFC’s four previous campaigns since returning to the top-flight of non-league football in 2008.

Bayliss’s men beat the drop with 12 wins in 2008-9 and 2010/11, while in 2009/10 they managed 13 wins and last season they set a new high of 17 triumphs on their way to a comfortable mid-table position.

The Bluebirds will be hoping to repeat the level of performance they showed against the Hatters tomorrow and try to avenge a 7-0 humbling at Mansfield last March.

They follow the trip to Nottinghamshire, with back-to-back matches against two sides also battling against the drop – travelling to Southport on Tuesday and then entertaining Nuneaton a week tomorrow.

“We won three points against Luton and that’s all we can ask for, whoever we play,” added Bayliss.

“The Newport and Luton games probably brought us bonus points because we didn’t expect to beat those sides.

“The bigger games for us are when we play those teams around us – the Nuneatons and Southports.

“But we have picked up six points out of six and we have to go from there by keep picking up points. We’re still in the bottom four so we’ve got to keep battling away.”

With the addition of strikers Danny L Rowe and Lee McEvilly and centre-half Danny O’Donnell in the January transfer window – and possibly some more defensive recruits – Bayliss feels Barrow are now in a stronger position to start climbing the table.

“You get judged at the end of the season, not in mid-season, and that’s what we’ve said to the lads,” he said.

“People are too hasty to react to things like results in mid-season. But we knew that when we got the lads in that we wanted we could start making an impact, and we’ve done that.”

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Posted by T Krul on 10 February 2013 at 12:20

"people are too hasty to react to things like results in mid-season. But we knew that when we got the lads in that we wanted we could start making an impact, and we have done that"

A statement made by DB..Not happening Dave, I know people have their own opinions and I do not condone threatening words/actions etc, but I understand the frustrations of cuffy etc, and the loyalty of the captain, but if these are the lads to get us out of the mire, to lose by 7 goals is just not good enough, in my humble opinion, that is a scoreline that should never be seen by a club like Barrow!! I have to say it...an utter disgrace and totally unexceptable, I bet the poor captain has got a very bad throat today, get a packet of Fishermans Freinds to help you and everyone else to shout louder, someone is bound to listen sometime..before it is too late I hope!!
Best wishes to Lee McEvilly, Hope you are OK and nothing serious.
Roger
Over and out

Posted by Roger the Lodger on 10 February 2013 at 10:17

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