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Bluebirds boss bans FA Cup talk

Dave Bayliss
Bayliss' side are currently 12th in the Blue Square Premier

Barrow joint-manager Dave Bayliss has banned all talk of the FA Cup until after Saturday's Blue Square Premier game at Ebbsfleet.

The Bluebirds replay Eastbourne next Tuesday for a home tie against League Two Brentford in the second round.

"The players have to be focussed only on Saturday and forget the Cup," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"If we can get a decent result it will put some more daylight between us and the teams at the bottom of the table."

Bayliss expects to have midfielder Andrew Bond available for the trip to Ebbsfleet, despite him picking up a knee injury in the 0-0 draw at Eastbourne last weekend.

"Andy says he feels okay so he should be fit for Saturday," the Bluebirds joint-boss said.

We'd love to have a bigger squad but if we want to bring someone in, it will mean someone has to go out

Dave Bayliss

"Unfortunately Mark Boyd will be suspended for one game now and will miss Saturday which is a big blow because he showed some form last weekend."

Fellow joint-manager Darren Sheridan will take Boyd's place in the Bluebirds' starting eleven.

"He's chomping at the bit at the moment," Bayliss said. "He's dying for a game.

"He's still fit and is still a great footballer, I like watching Darren play so it will be good to have him back in the team."

Barrow will not be making an early Friday morning start for the Ebbsfleet trip due to the players' work commitments.

And Bayliss added: "The lads have to work for a living so we'll be going down later on after a full day's graft.

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"We'll prepare the best we can and the club are doing their best to get everything right."

Meanwhile Bayliss said he is continuing attempts to strengthen his squad.

"We've spoken to a couple of players this week," he said.

"We'd love to have a bigger squad but if we want to bring someone in, it will mean someone has to go out.

"We are quite hopeful that we will have one of the players we have spoken to joining us but that will mean one of our players will be leaving."



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see also
Barrow boss eyes cover for Bond
11 Nov 08 |  Barrow
FA Cup second round draw
09 Nov 08 |  Football
FA Cup first round replay dates
09 Nov 08 |  FA Cup
Eastbourne 0-0 Barrow
08 Nov 08 |  FA Cup


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