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Collins John is unlikely to feature against Oxford. Picture: Action Images

Collins John is unlikely to feature against Oxford. Picture: Action Images

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Less than three weeks ago, Barnet suffered a 2-0 defeat against Oxford United in the FA Cup. Tonight the two sides face off in League Two and Edgar Davids hopes the Bees will “redeem” themselves.

Goals from James Constable and Sean Rigg settled the last meeting between the teams but Barnet had made five changes to their starting XI in the defeat.

A much stronger Bees line-up is expected although Davids will be missing the match due to suspension after he was sent off against Accrington last time out.

The Barnet joint head coach is likely to join Mark Robson in the dugout for the clash and he is expecting a stern test from the Yellows.

The Dutchman explained: “We definitely want to play better than we did the last time we faced Oxford. To be fair when we played them last time they were one of the best teams we’ve played against since I have been here.

“Their decision making on the ball and the timing on the ball was really good and I thought they were a really good team.

“We may have given them that opportunity to play but you still have to do it. So I was really impressed with them.

“So I hope we can redeem ourselves and get some points from them.”

Robson added: “It will be a tough game. We had them a few weeks ago here in the FA Cup but we made a lot of changes that day.

“We will have a strong side out against them on Tuesday. So I’m hoping for a better game.

“The side showed good character to come back from behind (against Accrington) so we will take that into the game against Oxford and hopefully we can perform better than we did.”

Robson confirmed after the draw with Accrington that Collins John is unlikely to feature against Oxford.

When asked if John Oster is set for a return from his thigh injury, the Bees joint head coach answered: “We’re not sure with John at the moment. We’re hoping it won’t be too long. He is a big player for the team and are hoping to get him back sooner rather than later.”

Ricky Holmes, who made his first appearance in over a month against Stanley, was withdrawn late on and admitted after the game that he had suffered cramp in the closing stages.

He is likely to start against the U’s and is hopeful the Bees can claim victory.

He said: “They don’t come much harder than Oxford. They’re a good team and we haven’t had good results against them since I have been here.

“We had five players missing in the FA cup but this time we will have nearly a full strength team.

“So hopefully we can get a win.”

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