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Barnet assistant head coach Ulrich Landvreugd: 'Sometimes Edgar attends and sometimes he doesn’t'
Barnet assistant head coach Ulrich Landvreugd admits the Bees poor first half performance proved costly against FC Halifax Town and says supporters can’t be frustrated with Edgar Davids missing the game.
Goals from Scott McManus and Lois Maynard put the home side ahead but a stunning strike from Curtis Weston pulled a goal back for Barnet.
The Bees then dominated the remaining 35 minutes but were unable to find an equaliser. It was Barnet’s first defeat of the Skrill Premier campaign.
When asked as to why Davids missed the game, Landvreugd replied. “He was busy and that is a private issue.
“We work as a trio and we are a team. Sometimes he attends and sometimes he doesn’t. We have made agreements with the club but Edgar spent all week with us, trained with us and we did the pre-match presentation with him.
“Unfortunately he couldn’t come today. You can’t be frustrated when you have someone like Edgar in your house.
“It is a big compliment for Barnet that they were able to keep him. So it is not necessary to be frustrated when he is not here.”
Barnet struggled in the opening period and Halifax deservedly went into half time ahead. Maynard’s strike five minutes after the restart extended their lead but the Bees fought back.
Landvreugd made a brave decision and changed Barnet’s formation, the Bees played the remaining 35 minutes with only three defenders.
He said: “After we changed that they didn’t have any control in midfield or in attack.
“It was a necessary change and we were vulnerable at the back. But we were 2-0 behind so we needed to do something.”
He continued: “In the first half they had two big opportunities and scored from the second one. Then we were slow from the back in possession and we couldn’t get an overload in midfield.
“We didn’t get into our shape quick enough in defence as well. We changed a few things at half time and we had two opportunities straight after half time.
“But then they score from a set-piece and in my opinion you shouldn’t ever let a team score from a set-piece.
“We then changed the system, went three at the back and pressed up high.
“They were getting very tired but unfortunately we couldn’t get the equaliser. We hit the post and their keeper made several saves.
“But they defended well and the first half cost us because that wasn’t good.”
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