Davis delighted to see Bari get back to winning ways!

PUBLISHED: 15:06 09 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 09 December 2015

London Bari face the camera before their derby win over Tower Hamlets (pic: London Bari FC)

London Bari face the camera before their derby win over Tower Hamlets (pic: London Bari FC)


Old Spotted Dog outfit defeated Tower Hamlets on Saturday and have two away games this week

London Bari manager Chris Davis is keen for his team to kick on again and get another unbeaten run going in the Essex Senior League after beating local rivals Tower Hamlets 2-0 on Saturday.

The Old Spotted Dog outfit went nine matches unbeaten in the division between September and November, before losing to Waltham Forest on November 21.

After that, Bari drew with Wadham Lodge and then lost 2-1 to Basildon United as that winning feeling deserted them.

But last weekend, goals from Junior Decker and Tony Cookey ensured they got more success in the league ahead of two winnable away games coming up.

They face Burnham Ramblers on Saturday, before travelling to Enfield on Tuesday, with both sides below Bari in the table and Davis is keen for his men to pick up more points.

He said: “We had a little sit down after the game on Saturday and a chat about things. I said we don’t want to get carried away. We played Burnham in the cup and we know what they are all about. They are a good side, well organised and set up strongly.

“It would be detrimental for us to go there and think we will win, just because we beat Tower Hamlets. We have to prepare properly for the three games we have coming up against Burnham, Enfield and Stansted.

“We know the next three are games, on paper, that we can win, so we want to try and pick up as many points as possible.”

Davis admitted he was relieved Bari beat local rivals Hamlets.

The Mile End Stadium club have a number of talented youngsters and Davis was well aware of that before the derby clash.

He said: “It was pleasing to win on Saturday especially because we were playing really well and then we went on a bad run of games, so it was a welcome relief to get the three points.

“I know the Tower Hamlets manager and he has been working with a lot of young players this season. I had heard and seen for myself a couple of times that they were really good. They did well on Saturday too, but we were just really happy to get the points.”

Decker put Bari ahead in the 15th minute, before Cookey doubled that lead after the break. But Davis admitted Cookey hasn’t been as clinical as usual.

The forward was always in the goals last year and the Bari boss is keen for him to keep improving.

He added: “This season he hasn’t been as prolific. He was the only one scoring for us last year. Every time we found the net it was always Tony!

“This campaign he hasn’t been as clinical and he has needed 10 chances a game to score! Saturday was a good example.

“I think he had at least four one-on-one opportunities, but after he scored his goal it was a great relief to him. He was happy and so were we because we want him to score as many as he did last year.”

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