Barnet vs Southend preview

Posted on January 28, 2011

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Barnet will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games at home to Southend United this Saturday. But Barnet’s Temporary Manager, Paul Fairclough is just concentrating on the side’s continued improvement.

Image obtained from barnetfc.com

Speaking to barnetfc.com he identified the threat he believes Southend will pose, and where Barnet still need to improve.

“The last time we played them I was watching from the stands, and I thought that they didn’t look like a League 2 side, they looked like a League 1 side.”

“They played well and counter attacked very quickly. Having viewed their last two games, I think that’s what we’re going to get more of.”

“They’re riding the crest of a wave at the moment. It’s going to be a real challenge for us at the Underhill on Saturday.”

Despite this, he seems confident of the Bees’ chances following the first clean sheet away at Port Vale since the 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley on 11 December.

“We hope to get three points and there’s no reason why we can’t get three points. We’re going to have to work hard for it but that’s what the team are doing now.”

“One thing I can say about Barnet now is whoever we play, we’re going to give the opposition a hard game, because we’ll contest it physically for starters.”

Improved results

Asked about what he believes has been a major factor for Barnet’s progression since he took charge, he had special praise for the work the team now do as a defensive unit, but is keen to now focus on attack.

“We’ve improved results. Some performances have improved. We’ve improved our defensive mentality, but that has been at the expense of our forward play.”

“We’ve looked stronger at the back, but that is probably because we’ve been packing out the midfield and that has reduced what we’ve done up front.”

“We’ve been discussing with the team what it’s going to take to turn these good draws and convert them into wins.”

“It may mean taking one out of midfield and having two up front, or it may be encouraging the midfield players to get forward earlier. Or do we stay with five and make sure that the wide players play much more advanced.”

“There are lots of things that we can do and we’ve been working on different things for Saturday in training.”

Right direction

“We’re moving in the right direction with our defence that’s for sure. And while you’ve got players like Izale McLeod and Mark Marshall on the pitch we’ve got a chance to score.”

“What we need now is for the midfield players to start wading in with a goal. We’ve had it in the past. I don’t think we’ve got that attacking midfield player just yet.”

“We have got attacking players coming back into the fold in the next few weeks. Charlie Taylor and Steve Kabba, who’s not far off.”

Added pressure

Although Barnet secured a point in midweek, it did not stop the club dropping into the relegation zone again. He explained that this adds pressure to games, to win at home and draw away.

“I don’t really care where you win your games and I think it’s about reducing the anxiety for the players. I don’t care where they win games, so long as they win them.”

“It is disappointing to drop down again, and I’m sure the fans are disappointed. What I would say to them is, it’s a marathon. There are 19 laps to go. If we can keep running those laps like we have the past four games, then we’ll get where we want to go.”

“Once the players go on the pitch, I’m just like one of the fans. It is so frustrating for the fans because they can’t physically get on the pitch and make the pass or score the goal. Neither can I!”

“I can scream, I can shout, I can make substitutions and change tactics around but I’m with the supporters once the game starts.”

Show support

“The both of us have to sit there and do the very best that we can do. And that is to encourage. You’ll never see me on the touchline castigating the players. Because it isn’t any good for them.”

“So I ask the fans to do what I do, and that’s to just show their support.”

“The fans were fantastic up at Macclesfield, at Bradford and at Port Vale. It was a great feeling after the game. I really felt like we had done it together.”

“I really felt like there was a connection between the players and the supporters. If we can connect in the same way at home it will make such a big difference.”

Injury update

Happily there is no further injury or fitness concerns following the midweek game, meaning there will be no forced changes to the starting line-up.

The positive atmosphere amongst the players has pleased the manager.”There really is a feeling here that no-one wants to miss training. No-one wants to miss anything. Everyone wants to be involved all the time.”

“It’s a good feeling in the club because everyone is very focussed on doing the best they can.”

With the January transfer window due to close next week, the club is still eyeing up a few possible signings.

“We hope there will be additions. We’ve had some Brazilian trialists in this week. But we concluded that they weren’t going to give us anything additional to what we’ve already got, especially with the likes of Leach coming back to us.”

“We’re looking for an attacking midfielder. We’ve got enough who can sit, Tommy Fraser, Mark Hughes, Glen Southam, Rossi Jarvis. We need someone who can get us going forward.”

“We’ve improved results. Some performances have improved. We’ve improved our defensive mentality, but that has been at the expense of our forward play.”

“We’ve looked stronger at the back, but that is probably because we’ve been packing out the midfield and that has reduced what we’ve done up front.”

“We’ve been discussing with the team what it’s going to take to turn these good draws and convert them into wins.”

“It may mean taking one out of midfield and having two up front, or it may be encouraging the midfield players to get forward earlier. Or do we stay with five and make sure that the wide players play much more advanced.”

“There are lots of things that we can do and we’ve been working on different things for Saturday in training.”

“We’re moving in the right direction with our defence that’s for sure. And while you’ve got players like Izale McLeod and Mark Marshall on the pitch we’ve got a chance to score.”

“What we need now is for the midfield players to start wading in with a goal. We’ve had it in the past. I don’t think we’ve got that attacking midfield player just yet.”

“We have got attacking players coming back into the fold in the next few weeks. Charlie Taylor and Steve Kabba, who’s not far off.”

Although Barnet secured a point in midweek, it did not stop the club dropping into the relegation zone again. He explained that this adds pressure to games, to win at home and draw away.

“I don’t really care where you win your games and I think it’s about reducing the anxiety for the players. I don’t care where they win games, so long as they win them.”

“It is disappointing to drop down again, and I’m sure the fans are disappointed. What I would say to them is, it’s a marathon. There are 19 laps to go. If we can keep running those laps like we have the past four games, then we’ll get where we want to go.”

“Once the players go on the pitch, I’m just like one of the fans. It is so frustrating for the fans because they can’t physically get on the pitch and make the pass or score the goal. Neither can I!”

“I can scream, I can shout, I can make substitutions and change tactics around but I’m with the supporters once the game starts.”

“The both of us have to sit there and do the very best that we can do. And that is to encourage. You’ll never see me on the touchline castigating the players. Because it isn’t any good for them.”

“So I ask the fans to do what I do, and that’s to just show their support.”

“The fans were fantastic up at Macclesfield, at Bradford and at Port Vale. It was a great feeling after the game. I really felt like we had done it together.”

“I really felt like there was a connection between the players and the supporters. If we can connect in the same way at home it will make such a big difference.”

Happily there is no further injury or fitness concerns following the midweek game, meaning there will be no forced changes to the starting line-up.

The positive atmosphere amongst the players has pleased the manager.”There really is a feeling here that no-one wants to miss training. No-one wants to miss anything. Everyone wants to be involved all the time.”

“It’s a good feeling in the club because everyone is very focussed on doing the best they can.”

With the January transfer window due to close next week, the club is still eyeing up a few possible signings.

“We hope there will be additions. We’ve had some Brazilian trialists in this week. But we concluded that they weren’t going to give us anything additional to what we’ve already got, especially with the likes of Leach coming back to us.”
“We’re looking for an attacking midfielder. We’ve got enough who can sit, Tommy Fraser, Mark Hughes, Glen Southam, Rossi Jarvis. We need someone who can get us going forward.”

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