Essex Senior League: Chris Davis frustrated with London Bari’s latest loss

PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 13 February 2017

London Bari in action at the Old Spotted Dog earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards).

London Bari in action at the Old Spotted Dog earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards).


Wadham Lodge claimed a 3-0 win at the Old Spotted Dog last weekend to consign east Londoners to another defeat in 2017

London Bari manager Chris Davis is more worried about the goals his team are giving away in the Essex Senior League right now rather than the chances they are missing.

The Old Spotted Dog club lost 3-0 at home to Wadham Lodge last weekend – their fourth defeat in a row.

After enjoying a strong finish to 2016, Bari have struggled in the opening two months of the year.

“I don’t think we deserved to win the game on Saturday because we only had a few chances,” said Davis.

“But having said that, Wadham Lodge only had three opportunities I think and they took them all.

“It could have been a match which finished 0-0, although it wasn’t to be for us, so we were disappointed.

“We had the ball in the back of the net twice, but I wasn’t close enough to see if it was correct or not.

“I’m not concerned about the chances we are missing right now, I’m more worried about the goals we are giving away.”

Since the turn of the year, Bari have conceded 21 times in only six games, but found the net on seven occasions.

The problem is obvious – the east Londoners are shipping too many goals and that’s why they’ve lost five times in 2017.

Davis has also recently had to play 16-year-old Josh Strizovic in goal and the teenager has struggled.

But the Bari boss believes in the future, this tough period will prove to be a poignant moment in the goalkeeper’s career.

“Our problem is that the group which faced Ilford (February 4) was completely different to the team which started on Saturday,” said Davis.

“Another issue is that our goalkeeper is only 16 and it doesn’t help him when we are constantly changing the back four in front of him.

“He is struggling because he is still a little boy, but I think this experience will help him a great deal in the future.

“I’d rather he gets this time in men’s football to play and improve rather than not play at all, but we should have our regular goalkeeper back from injury soon.”

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