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Ulrich Landvreugd admits he and Dick Schreuder will not make dramatic changes at Barnet
Ulrich Landvreugd admits he and Dick Schreuder will not make dramatic changes at Barnet after being placed in permanent charge of the Bees.
The Dutch duo took over the first team last week following Edgar Davids’ departure and Paul Fairclough’s brief spell as interim manager.
Their joint reign got off to the perfect start as Barnet completed a 1-0 win against Southport on Saturday thanks to a last-minute header from Mauro Vilhete.
Landvreugd hopes the side can build on the victory as well as the playing structure Davids has left at the club.
“Edgar put in a really good spell here and the way we play football is the way we were brought up. We’ve carried that on exactly how he did it,” Landvreugd explained.
“There isn’t too much of a difference to when we were working with Edgar. I think there will be a little bit more rest for the players but we are looking forward to it.
“We’re glad the chairman gave us the opportunity and the fans have supported us.”
He continued: “There are a few changes but we will keep that for the team. The other thing is that everyone has to be sharp every week and if you’re not, then another player will get an opportunity.”
Barnet will hope their victory against Southport will kick-start the club’s faltering promotion bid.
The Bees are only outside the play-offs on goal difference but have played significantly more matches than the majority of sides around them.
Landvreugd is adamant the club can still finish in the play-off positions this season but says Barnet must start scoring more goals.
That ambition was boosted as the club confirmed Dani Lopez has signed on loan until the end of the campaign from Stevenage.
It is the Spanish striker’s third spell with the Bees and Landvreugd admits it is a big boost to keep the 28-year-old at the club.
He said: “You can see how the people cheer for him and the guy has something special. You can see what he did for us last season and also this season he has showed his extra qualities.
“Unfortunately when he joined initially he had a shoulder problem so we couldn’t really take advantage of him being here.
“But now we can really work on him, get him to top fitness and he can score goals for us.”
The deal for Lopez may not be the last for Barnet in the January transfer window. Landvreugd says the Bees are still looking for “one or two players if it is possible within the budget”.
When asked what area of the Bees side Landvreugd would like to improve, he replied: “You will have to wait and see. That will stay between the four walls.”
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