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Davis disappointed with Bari but hails Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 April 2016

London Bari face the camera at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: London Bari)

London Bari face the camera at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: London Bari)

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Old Spotted Dog manager reflects on 2-0 loss last night and not using fatigue as an excuse

London Bari boss Chris Davis was full of praise for opponents Tower Hamlets following last night’s defeat in the Essex Senior League.

A first half strike by Edison Teberen and a 57th minute second from Alberto Martinez gave the Mile End Stadium club all three points.

Bari had hoped to complete an derby double after winning 1-0 at the same venue against Sporting Bengal on Saturday.

It wasn’t to be, however, and he was left with no complaints come the full time whistle.

Davis said: “It was one of those days where nothing went right for us. We were poor on the day.

“But take nothing away from Tower Hamlets because they were very good. They played really well and deserved to win.

“We probably would have taken a draw from it before because we were missing a few people, but we didn’t perform.”

It was Bari’s second match in the space of three games, but Davis refused to use that as an excuse.

Hamlets had to do the same thing and the Old Spotted Dog manager warned none of his squad will be complaining of fatigue.

“I wouldn’t say that tiredness was an excuse and I believe the players we had could have got a draw from the game,” added Davis.

“We have performed a lot better than that so we can’t use fatigue as any sort of explanation. You are meant to be a footballer so you should be capable of playing two games in three days.

“They have had two full days of rest because Sunday they didn’t have anything and the match is on Monday night.

“If anybody uses that as an excuse I will leave them out for the next fixture because they should be capable of doing two games in three days.”

While disappointed to suffer a defeat, Bari had been on an impressive run of form prior to yesterday’s match.

They were five games unbeaten and that included wins against Bengal, Newham and Stansted.

Davis added: “We tend to forget there is no income and the boys have set their standards so high this season. Whenever we lose they do have a bit of a sulk, but we have been on a really good run recently.

“The standard has been set and we do need to keep it up, but I can’t be too harsh on them because they have done so well this year.”


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