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Barnet fan Josh Ilan says the Bees must improve and that changes are needed if they are to mount a promotion challenge
The summer may only just be coming to an end but Barnet are already enduring a blip.
After losing 3-1 away to Alfreton Town on Saturday our winless run has extended to four games, while we have only emerged victorious in two of our last seven encounters.
Against Alfreton we were lethargic and nowhere near the standards required to mount a play-off challenge, let alone promotion.
Faults could be found in every area from Saturday. The defence was again incredibly sloppy, the midfield lacked creativity and we lacked incisiveness upfront.
To be honest, I didn't expect us to beat Alfreton. They have an imperious home record, are incredibly well organised and have had a fantastic start to the season. I can accept losing but not being dominated and being completely lacklustre.
The one thing that is for sure is that improvement and changes are needed, and fast.
As I have mentioned a few times before, I feel we need to have an attacking midfielder in the team if we insist on having one upfront.
This would either be in a more adventurous 4-3-3 - the side's current formation - or a 4-2-3-1, which would see Curtis Weston and Mark Byrne deployed further back.
We need a player to increase our attacking options, to help out the lone man up top and to make us more unpredictable.
My option for this role - as stated before - is Keanu Marsh-Brown. He can change a match in a single moment, as proved by his well-taken goal on Saturday. Moving him to the centre I think could be an inspired decision.
It will also help to accommodate Mauro Vilhete into the side on the left-wing. While plus points were few-and-far between, the Portuguese winger impressed with a series of jinking and darting runs, constantly causing problems.
Putting Vilhete into the team will create a space for young starlet Iffy Allen on the bench, with the winger being a potential game changer with his trickey and pace.
The other thing needed is a leader - a Ian Hendon-esque character.
We should sign an outfield player - preferably a centre-back - to fulfil this role. Getting someone in who will not allow any slacking, constantly demanding more and spurring and motivating them on is essential, with this being a vital characteristic we are currently lacking.
The one thing that is for certain is that improvement and changes are needed; whether the Dutch contingent divert from what they have stuck with since they joined is anyone's guess, but doing so may be the lift and change we need to consolidate a promotion bid.
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