Barnet vs Northampton Preview

Posted on February 5, 2011

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Barnet are preparing for another tough away fixture this weekend at Northampton Town. They will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing result at home against Southend last Saturday.

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Temporary Bees boss, Paul Fairclough, explains how the week’s training plans have been complicated by the cancellation of the midweek game against Aldershot.

”It did affect training a bit because we had a dilemma whether we give the players a rest day because they haven’t had one for a long time.”

”We decided to give them that rest and they’ve come in Thursday and really looked refreshed and ready for it.”

Last time out Northampton put six goals past Crewe, but he said it is not the threat or performance of the opposition that concerns him.

”I’m respectful of the opposition but it doesn’t frighten me at all that they’ve scored six in their last game.”

”We’ve scouted ahead and I know some of the players very well, so we’re well versed and ready for them.”

”We want three points. We were very disappointed with the result last week. Up until that game we had been getting good and difficult draws.”

”But it’s not good enough for us to be where we want to be. We need to go and win games and we’re capable of that.”

”We won away at Bradford when nobody expected us to. So we have to go and do what Lincoln are doing, what Hereford are doing. If they’ve won three or four games on the trot we now have to go and do the same.”

Changing mentality

He has been pleased with the changing mentality the players have adopted since he took the helm.

”We’ve done a lot of work on mental strength and they’re working on developing their attitude with various things that we do.”

”And I remind them of that every day when they go out on the green stuff to train. I have confidence in the mental strength of the players now, I think they’re equipped for the challenge of these next 18 games.”

Injury update

The team received a boost this week with the return of Steve Kabba back to training. Paul Fairclough has described his impact as similar to signing a brand new player.

“He’s been out for so long, it’s a wonderful impact to have him back.’

Although there are thankfully no new additions to the injury list after the midweek 45 minutes at Aldershot there have been setbacks to the recoveries of Daniel Leach and Darren Dennehy, who’s eagerness to get back to training has created new problems.

The manager spoke also of his delight with the way Sam Cox, Tommy Fraser and Charlie Taylor have committed themselves to training this week, but gave no clues as to what his selection on Saturday might be.

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