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Graham Stack believes Barnet are a better side when they face teams towards the top of the table
Barnet host Kidderminster Harriers at The Hive on Saturday and Graham Stack says it is important the Bees take points off their Skrill Premier promotion rivals.
Edgar Davids’ men currently sit eighth in the table and are just two points off the play-off positions.
However, they have been inconsistent throughout the campaign and have struggled to claim victories against teams in the top half of the division.
Kidderminster are currently second in the table and have lost just one of their last ten league matches.
But Stack believes the Bees tend to produce better performances against the stronger sides.
He said: “A lot of people say we haven’t played big teams yet like Luton and Cambridge. But I think we are actually a better side when we take on those nearer the top of the table.
“I think a lot of our key players get up for it and we look a better side. So it will be a good battle between two teams with the same aspirations.
“A win on Saturday will probably put us around the top five and that is, at the least, where we want to be.
“At either end of the table you want to take points off your rivals. That is something we didn’t do enough last season and that proved costly. We need to make sure this season that isn’t the case.”
Barnet will be without Davids this weekend due to suspension while Jake Hyde (ankle) and Curtis Weston (leg) continue to recover from injuries.
Andy Yiadom and Elliot Johnson are likely to be available while Luke Gambin also returned to training this week.
Despite a number of absentees, Barnet advanced in the FA Cup on Saturday after defeating Concord Rangers 3-0 in the fourth qualifying round.
The clean sheet was Barnet’s third in four matches and Stack believes the Bees’ defending has improved in recent weeks.
He said: “It is pleasing and the only goal we’ve conceded was the late free-kick against Wrexham which was heartbreaking because I love clean sheets.
“We haven’t kept as many this season as we would like but as a team we have only had ourselves to blame at times.
“We’ve made individual errors and [conceded] needless free-kicks which has invited pressure at times. In the Conference set-pieces are massive for teams.”
He continued: “In recent games we’ve had players all over the place because of the injuries and suspension. But anyone who has come in has done well.
“Abs (Ahmed Abdulla) has come in and scored crucial goals, Anthony (Acheampong) has been playing at right-back which isn’t his natural position and it is the same for Mauro (Vilhete) at left-back.
“But they have slotted in, haven’t moaned and done well for us. Of course they’d prefer to play in their usual position but it is a testament to the squad that they are happy to be involved.
“Those players that have come in have certainly taken their opportunity and have given the coaching staff nice headaches,” the goalkeeper added.
The Bees’ reward for overcoming Concord is a first round tie at League 1 side Preston North End. The match will be held on Saturday, November 9.
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