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Mark Robson hints Barnet may make changes to their side for FA Cup clash against Oxford United
Mark Robson admits changes could be made to the Barnet side for this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Oxford Untied.
The Bees take on the U’s in the first round of the competition at Underhill on Saturday and go into the contest on the back of two wins and a draw following last weekend’s last-gasp 1-0 victory at Chesterfield.
While Robson stated he would enjoy a good run in the competition, he is also keeping an eye on Tuesday’s League Two clash against Torquay United.
The Bees boss said: “The games are coming thick and fast so we will have to keep an eye on the Torquay one because that is another big game for us.
“We have a squad to choose from and I’m sure there are players who are itching to have an opportunity to play in a side that are getting some results at the moment.
“So there may be a chance for one or two players to show their worth and try and force their way into the team.
“It will be great for us to have a run in the cup for several reasons and we will put a team that we believe that can win.
“If one or two other players do get the opportunity then it is important for them to show why they should be in the team.
“I think we have got a few little niggling injuries anyway so we will look at things on Thursday (Today) and see where we are at.
“But there are of course one or two we would like to give games but there are also one or two that we will want to look after if we can.”
After a poor start to the season, the Bees have been beaten just once in their last four League Two matches and have kept three successive clean sheets.
When asked if the belief in the side has been boosted by their recent results, Robson replied: “The confidence was there in terms of the players never dwelt on the fact they weren’t winning games and the confidence to go out and play was always there.
“I just think that there is an extra boost for everybody since we went 2-0 up in the Northampton game.
“You saw the players go to another level in that game. The confidence was sky high after that game and we have continued that and got good results”
The Bees’ recent upturn in form has coincided with the arrival of Edgar Davids as a player/joint head coach.
Robson is pleased with the Dutchman’s form and fitness and praised his impact and organisational skills on the pitch.
Davids’ effect since arriving at Underhill is in contrast to fellow Holland international Collins John.
The striker joined Barnet in September but had to wait for international clearance before making his debut, which subsequently only lasted 15 minutes due to injury.
However, he returned to training this week and could be in contention for this Saturday’s match.
Robson explained: “Collins could return to the squad on Saturday and we hope to have Ricky (Holmes) training at the back end of this week.
“So we are getting one or two back. Freddie Warren and Curtis Weston played in a friendly we had at the training ground the other day.
“So we are getting players back so that will only help and strengthen the squad,” he added.