Darr disappointed with Newham loss
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 April 2016
East London boss reflects on 4-1 defeat to Barking with relegation almost confirmed
Newham manager Shamrez Darr was disappointed with Saturday’s defeat to local rivals Barking in the Essex Senior League.
The Blues went ahead at Mayesbrook Park when Joel Barnett scored after just six minutes for the hosts.
But the visitors equalised following a stunning strike by Vlad Sighiartau and it seemed like it would remain 1-1 at half time.
Steve Willis had other ideas, though, and scored in the first minute of stoppage time before two further goals after the restart gave Barking the win.
“I couldn’t attend the match, I spoke to Arif Ahmed, my assistant, and it sounded like we dominated the game in the first half,” said Darr.
“We went one down, but Vlad scored a screamer and everything was looking good before we conceded just before half time.
“Second half the boys got all the instructions from Arif, but didn’t turn up and it sounds really disappointing. We deserved to lose based on that second 45.”
The Newham boss admitted Willis’ header just before the break changed the whole complexion of the match.
He felt the low confidence of his squad was knocked and they weren’t able to recover against their local rivals.
Darr added: “The goal before half time changes everything, the team talk changes and our tactics have to be different.
“For a club that have been losing a lot, it just knocks the confidence of the players even more and we couldn’t respond.”
Saturday’s defeat keeps Newham rooted to the bottom of the table with only three more matches remaining.
They trail Waltham Forest, directly above them, by nines points and therefore relegation seems almost certaint.
Darr admits it is a frustration situation for the club and accepted they don’t have any excuses.
“It is very disappointing to be in this position. I go back to pre-season when we had a lot of Ryman players with us and signing contracts,” said the Newham boss.
“The problem was keeping them and having our best players available each weekend because a lot of our boys work on Saturday.
“We weren’t always able to pick them or our best, but that is no excuse because we haven’t been good enough.”
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