Forward Harry Panayiotou is not shying away from taking his share of the blame for Barrow AFC’s results of late, and knows only the team themselves can put things right.

The 23-year-old former Leicester City man started at Plainmoor on Saturday as Barrow fell to a 3-1 defeat against previously-bottom-of-the-table Torquay United. The result followed a dismal FA Trophy exit against Brackley Town three weeks ago.

The team are without a win since beating Woking 2-1 on December 23, and have not triumphed at Holker Street since October, form which has fans worried about the precarious nature of their National League status. Panayiotou points to the Brackley games – the initial 0-0 draw followed by the 2-0 home loss – as starting the recent rot, having been happy with the draws over Christmas and the New Year against Wrexham (twice) and Tranmere Rovers.

But he is not making excuses, and knows the players, not manager Ady Pennock and his staff, are the ones responsible and the ones who must react.

“The Christmas break was good; the Woking game and onwards was good. But what killed us was the Brackley game,” Panayiotou said.

“We got a great result against Tranmere, great results against Wrexham, at Woking, but then we go to the Brackley game and we performed badly in both games. Then we performed badly again on Saturday.

“It’s not down to the manager, because the gaffer and Holty (player/coach Grant Holt) have done everything right for us. It’s the players, we’ve been sloppy and we need to get back to how we were against Tranmere and Wrexham.”

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