Barnfather sets the standard for Brough
BISHOP'S Cleeve boss John Brough has used goalkeeper-turned-striker Louie Barnfather as an example of the level of commitment he expects from all his players in tonight's match at Paulton Rovers.
The Mitres were beaten 4-1 at home by Paulton in the FA Trophy preliminary round on Saturday, with substitute Barnfather scoring their goal.
Brough was particularly disappointed with the manner of the defeat, describing it as Cleeve's worst performance of the season so far.
"We were very poor on Saturday, probably the worst we've been overall this season," Brough said.
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"We didn't threaten their goal enough and I know we will lose games, but it was the way we lost that was worst for me, because Paulton wanted it more.
"They were first to most of the second balls and our front three were non-existent and we didn't get our passing going in midfield."
Brough said he would not play specialist goalkeeper Barnfather in an outfield role from the start of a game, but he wants others to show the same attitude as they face the same opponents again.
"Louie did well up front and I knew he could do a job for us because he's a decent outfield player," he said.
"I played him there in a Cheltenham Town youth team game against Bournemouth a few years ago and he set up the equalising goal.
"I wanted to give Jamie Moore a game in goal and Louie is a handful for defenders.
"He has worked on his fitness and when he came on he showed the sort of appetite that others didn't."
Brough has demanded an immediate improvement, or he said he would be forced into a reshuffle of his squad to bring in some fresh faces.
"We were not quite there on Saturday and things have to change quickly," he said.
"We are up against the same team and I am expecting a much better performance.
"They were the better team on Saturday, but that doesn't stop you running as hard, or matching their workrate.
"I've told them they need to pull their socks up, or I will be looking elsewhere because we can't keep conceding this many goals."
Brough is without left-back Lewis Binns, who cannot play away games due to an 11pm curfew imposed by Hartpury College.
The experienced Adam Mayo (broken foot) is out, while Ryan Paddock is not available until Saturday, when Cleeve travel to Taunton Town.