Barnet’s Dick Schreuder insists he and fellow head coach Uli Landvreugd haven’t changed much since Edgar Davids departed the club despite the Bees subsequently winning all five games since the pair took sole charge.
Barnet were tenth in the Skrill Premier when Davids left the club on January 18, with the Bees having lost four of their previous five matches.
Schreuder and Landvreugd were heavily involved in helping run the first team during Davids’ reign but the club are now third in the table after winning all five games since the duo were installed as joint head coaches.
“I have been here longer than the five games,” Schreuder replied when he was asked about their excellent form since taking control.
When pressed further, he added: “We are still doing the same things. Sometimes we do different things but that is normal because everyone has their own view of football. But we still try to do the things we did before but there are only little things we are doing differently.”
Schreuder was speaking immediately after tonight’s 2-1 victory at Forest Green Rovers, which moved the Bees up to third on goal difference.
His team are now four points above sixth-place Nuneaton with 12 games remaining.
“We have put ourselves in the picture again and it is in our own hands now,” Schreuder said.
The Forest Green Rovers fans sitting around the press box were hugely impressed by Barnet. They described the Bees as the best team they had seen all season and backed Dick and Uli’s men to succeed in the play-offs.
The comments were mentioned to Schreuder afterwards. He responded: “We have heard that already this season after games which we lost. It is nice that they say that but overall, it is about what we think about our performances and we have to be critical to each other.
“I think that [the fans’ comments] are a big compliment for the group and the team but for me it is not a surprise because I see it every day on the pitch.”
The work being done at the club’s training complex, The Hive, was evident during spells of the match with Forest Green.
The Bees had the perfect start when Mark Byrne finished well first-time with just 18 seconds on the clock after he was picked out by Kieron Cadogan.
Rovers had a decent spell midway through the half but Barnet extended their advantage just before the break when a free-flowing passing move ended with another fine Cadogan cross and Dani Lopez headed into the corner.
Whilst they didn’t add a third goal following the restart, some of Barnet’s passing football was exquisite and they did create further chances.
Forest Green had a few excellent opportunities in quick succession with around ten minutes remaining but they could only manage one consolation goal deep into injury-time through a stunning Marcus Kelly free-kick.
Schreuder said: “It is always good when you score first in the opening minute but after that, sometimes you could see we were struggling. I don’t think we played so well on the ball in the first half. Second half it was a lot better.”
He continued: “At half-time we said you have to stay calm because there was an altercation between the players on the pitch [just before the break] and they were a little bit confused by that and maybe they had anger in them so we wanted them to stay calm.
“We told them at half-time to keep the ball more and for longer because it gives you more time and opportunity to pass better.
“Overall, I think they did that a lot better in the second half and I think maybe we would have scored a third goal if we had been better in the final third with the end pass. But overall we are happy.”
Read a report from tonight's game here.