Barnet vs Lincoln Preview: Bees aim to be first out of the blocks

Posted on February 25, 2011

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Striker Steve Kabba. Image obtained from barnetfc.com

Barnet are set to go all out attack this Saturday at home against Lincoln City. Barnet first team coach, Michael Stone, hopes that the players will respond to the pressure being at the bottom of the league puts on a team with a fierce attacking display to win the game.

“There is always pressure on teams who are in the situation in the league that we are in. However, we’ve got to hang on to the positives.”

“We’re in a battle but we’ve got to focus on our strengths. If our players get too anxious we won’t see the best from them.”

“The spirit is good considering the pressure that’s on us. To produce our best performances they still need freedom.

“We’re making sure that they understand that the team on the whole have been ‘in’ the game.”

“I don’t want to gloss over our losses, but we haven’t been getting thumped by four or five goals.”

“It might take one stroke of luck or scrappy win to trigger a run of form to get us out of this situation.”

Importance of support

Michael hopes that the fans can put aside their frustration to show the team the level of support witnessed during the standing ovation received by the players at the Southend United game.

“Fans can go either way, they can vent their feelings or they can channel their energy into support, getting behind the team.”

“The players appreciate the supporters immensely. They’ve been sticking with us even though things are tough.”

Bigger crowd expected

He hopes that the ‘Kids for a Quid’ ticket offer will help create a positive atmosphere at the game.

He says that it will be important to perform for the fans of the future, but just as much so for the regular fans that turn up every week and travel to away games.

“Looking ahead to Lincoln we’ve got to get the balance right between attacking and making sure we’re not open for them to score.”

“Our attacking aggression is something we’ve been working on continuously, draws aren’t any good for us any more, we need to win.”

“Goals win games, it’s what football is all about and we’ll be looking to get an early lead to set us up.”

“We will be coming out all guns blazing from the opening whistle. We want to light the touch paper for the fans to give them something to shout about.”

Player’s thoughts

Striker Steve Kabba believes that Barnet need to improve their home form to take the team out of their position in the league.

“I don’t think teams are afraid of coming to our ground and it’s up to us to change that. This is our own patch and we’ve got to make a mark on it.”

“I ask the fans to get fully behind us, see that we’re working hard and that no-one wants to be in this position. Come and support us, be the 12th man.”

“Cheer us at the warm up, at the first whistle, at half time and all the way through the game. We will respond to that.”

New signing

Barnet signed forward Kwame JJ Adjeman-Pamboe yesterday, who has had his international visa sanctioned in time to play in the Hertfordshire Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie at Broxbourne Borough.

The coaching staff will assess his fitness ahead of squad selection this Saturday. It is thought that if he is up to match sharpness he could make a large impact on the Bees’ forward play.

Thankfully there are no fresh injuries to the squad but captain Glen Southam and Anthony Pulis will not feature due to suspension.

Players Daniel Leach and Darren Dennehy could return to training with the squad in two weeks time.

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