Apr 2 2012 By Jon Batham
DAVE Anderson was an angry and frustrated man in the wake of Harrow’s defeat to Canvey Island on Saturday that sent them plummeting into the bottom four.
Anderson watched on helplessly as relegation-haunted Borough built a 3-2 lead over the first 83 minutes with a display of attacking verve, only to end up losing 4-3 as their defence – so reliable until the last few games – simply collapsed.
All four goals conceded by the reds were given away with the defending leading to the 83rd minute penalty which brought Canvey level for a third time the worst of the lot. And Anderson, usually so protective of his players, was in no mood to be forgiving.
He said: “We worked on our back four all Tuesday night until it looked good and we were happy with it, but then look at the goals we have conceded today. The first is either a freak or just awful, the second one I think the goalkeeper has to parry it wide and the third one I think Marcus Rose thinks he is playing at Old Trafford and he is trying to shield the ball back to David De Gea.
“How many more chances will we get to get out of trouble that is the thing and we desperately need to stop conceding poor goals. In our last two games we have scored two away from home and three at home, so for me that should mean a minimum of four points, but we have got none. We just seem to self-destruct.”
The one ray of light for the genial Irishman is his strike-force, toothless for much of the campaign, looks potent with the likes of Steve Ferguson and Simeon Akinola up alongside target man Danny Buckle.
Ferguson scored twice, while Buckle was also on the mark against Canvey, but will-of-the-wisp Akinola produced the most eye-catching display of the trio.
It is this this attacking threat which gives Anderson hope his side will beat the drop.
He added: “Our one asset now is we have got a goal in us and in a relegation battle it is usually the sides who score goals who get out of it.”