20th Oct, 2018

Singh slams Barnt Green Spartak after woeful display against Montpellier

Craig Gibbons 18th Oct, 2017

MANAGER GJ Singh labelled Barnt Green Spartak’s crushing 6-1 defeat to Midland League Division Two high-fliers Montpellier as the worst he has seen all season.

The Lions had actually taken a 12th-minute lead through Dominic Strevens but a brace from Stuart Hendrie, including a penalty, and strike from Matthew Robinson fired the hosts into a 3-1 half-time lead.

Hendrie then completed his hat-trick with another penalty before Kelsn Shepard and substitute Ty Knight rounded off a comfortable victory for third-placed Montpellier.

And the defeat for Spartak was met with swift criticism from boss Singh who held no punches in slamming his side’s performance.

“It was our worst performance of the season,” he said.

“The first 15 minutes were even but after we went ahead we just gave silly goals away and ended up giving ourselves a mountain to climb at 3-1 down at the break.

“It was really disappointing because every game this season we have been highly competitive but we just did not perform at all.

“However, we are still upbeat, the lads realised that they did not perform and it is down to them now to react.

“But some of the players won’t be given that option as I will be using the cup game this weekend to change the squad because the performance against Montpellier was just unacceptable.”

Spartak will be hoping to turn their form around on Saturday when they entertain CT Shush in the Birmingham Vase.

The Lions have not won a game since September 12 when they beat Northfield Town 3-1 in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup.

And Singh says this weekend’s cup clash is the perfect time to build some momentum ahead of next week’s league game against Droitwich Spa.

“I am confident we will start winning games,” he said.

“If you look at our position in the league it does not look good but I feel our competitiveness warrants a higher position than second-from-bottom.

“Our cup game gives us the chance to build some confidence ahead of our upcoming league fixtures.

“The club is in a stable position and even though we had double the amount of points after eight games last season, I am actually happier now than I was then.”

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