Graham Stack feels the added experience in Edgar Davids' Barnet side has helped them improve in League Two

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Many Barnet supporters regard Graham Stack as one of the Bees’ best goalkeepers in recent years and, given his consistent performances since joining the club, it would be difficult to argue against that view.

After signing in August, Stack has kept eight clean sheets in his 24 appearances and has made vital saves at crucial points in eventual victories.

“Keeping clean sheets is as good as scoring a goal,” the 31-year-old explained. “I thrive on it – especially when you are keeping clean sheets, making saves and getting the goals at the other end.

“You look at the Gillingham game and the Rotherham game, matches like that are memorable because you make saves to keep the team in the game and then you get the goal at the other end.

“You set your targets at the beginning of the season of how many clean sheets you want to keep.

“Gillingham are highest with 11 or 12 clean sheets but we’ve kept eight. So I want to stay up there and keep as many as I can.”

Barnet will go into this Saturday’s match at Burton Albion looking to extend their unbeaten run on the road to four matches.

It is a more than a month since the Bees last lost on their travels – a remarkable turnaround given their poor start to the League Two campaign.

Edgar Davids’ arrival at Underhill has undoubtedly been a big influence on the side and Stack feels the added experience in the Barnet team has helped them move up the table.

He said: “At the start of the season we had a new group of players together and that is always going to take time to gel. We also had a new manager in Mark Robson and it was new for him as well.

“I watched the Bristol Rovers game before I signed and one thing that stood out for me was the inexperience in the squad.

“I think we have strengthened in that department and have brought one or two others in that have got plenty of Football League experience, which is something you must have in League Two.

“You have to have balance to the squad between youth and experience and I think that was one thing that was missing at the start.

“We now have a few experienced players here and the younger players have gained experience over the season. So we are growing as a team together and we are improving.”

Click here to read the first part of our interview with Bees goalkeeper Graham Stack.

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