Graft awaits Baker, says Barrow joint-boss Dave Bayliss

Richie Baker
Baker has scored three goals in 10 games for the Bluebirds

Barrow joint-boss Dave Bayliss has told midfielder Richie Baker he must work to regain his place in the first-team after returning from suspension.

The 23-year-old missed three games after his dismissal against Bath last month but returned to the substitutes bench against Mansfield on Tuesday.

"It's through Richie's own stupidity that he was suspended in the first place," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He's got to work hard now and I'm sure he will to get back in the side."

In Baker's absence, the Bluebirds picked up four points from a possible nine, including a goalless draw at Luton and a 5-0 victory against Kettering.

"If I had played on Saturday and won 5-0 but been dropped tonight I'd have been bitterly disappointed," Bayliss added.

"We said to the lads if they play well they stay in the side, and those lads deserve to stay in the side.

"Richie's a great lad, he said himself he wouldn't have changed the side and he'll have to work hard now."

Baker joined Barrow following his release by Oxford United in February, and has since scored three goals in 10 games.

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