Keanu Marsh-Brown 'needs to take stock and come back stronger' according to Bees director of football Paul Fairclough

Picture: Peter Beale

Picture: Peter Beale

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Barnet director of football Paul Fairclough believes Keanu Marsh-Brown “needs to take stock of himself and come back stronger” after the winger was substituted at half-time of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Gateshead.

Marsh-Brown, pictured, was the Bees’ stand-out performer at the start of the campaign and netted seven goals in the opening 12 matches of the season.

However, his form has dipped in recent weeks and the winger has scored just once since October 5.

The 21-year-old signed a long-term contract with Barnet in December and Fairclough said: “I don’t know [why his form has dropped off]. He has got a new contract and he has to acknowledge that he has a good contract with the club.

“I have great faith in him and he is a player who can win you a game. I am sure he will do that so we haven’t seen the last of Keanu Marsh-Brown.

“Every player has a spell where they have a bit of downtime. He needs to take stock of himself and come back stronger, which he is more than capable of.”

Former Bee John Oster produced a man-of-the-match display for Gateshead at The Hive on Saturday and Fairclough was asked after the game if the club had tried to keep the midfielder with the Bees last summer.

He said: “It was simple. John had been going through a stage in his career where he didn’t know where he was going.

“So Barnet was a leg up for him. However, it was a trek for him because he lives up near Gateshead.

“Once he realised he was staying in the Conference, Gateshead were perfect for him because he can be near his family.

“So it is a fantastic move for him and John signing for the club coincides with Gary Mills taking over. There has been a combination there and they’ve risen up the league.”

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10:51am Thu 13 Mar 14

Variappli says...

Keanu Marsh-Brown is a fantastic servant for Barnet FC. The class, composure and excitment he brings to every game has been unquestionable. It is strongly believed that Paul Fairclough's interview on Keanu Marsh-brown is majorly damaging. I gather from around the camp that it's common knowledge that KMB is playing injured with a ongoing knee problem trying to give his best for the club's resurrection to the league.

Shame on PFA
Keanu Marsh-Brown is a fantastic servant for Barnet FC. The class, composure and excitment he brings to every game has been unquestionable. It is strongly believed that Paul Fairclough's interview on Keanu Marsh-brown is majorly damaging. I gather from around the camp that it's common knowledge that KMB is playing injured with a ongoing knee problem trying to give his best for the club's resurrection to the league. Shame on PFA Variappli
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11:03am Thu 13 Mar 14

Variappli says...

I became a member of Barnet FC cause of what Keanu Marsh-brown has bought to the club. He's inspiring. KMB stepped up and carried Barnet FC when there was NOONE else. NOW I suggest Barnet should extend the olive branch to the lad. Instead of verbally and publicly bashing the lad and talking about his actually not so great contract.
Paul Fairclough needs to take a leaf from Sir Alex Ferguson book.
Rant over.
I became a member of Barnet FC cause of what Keanu Marsh-brown has bought to the club. He's inspiring. KMB stepped up and carried Barnet FC when there was NOONE else. NOW I suggest Barnet should extend the olive branch to the lad. Instead of verbally and publicly bashing the lad and talking about his actually not so great contract. Paul Fairclough needs to take a leaf from Sir Alex Ferguson book. Rant over. Variappli
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12:29pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Variappli says...

Variappli wrote:
I became a member of Barnet FC cause of what Keanu Marsh-brown has bought to the club. He's inspiring. KMB stepped up and carried Barnet FC when there was NOONE else. NOW I suggest Barnet should extend the olive branch to the lad. Instead of verbally and publicly bashing the lad and talking about his actually not so great contract.
Paul Fairclough needs to take a leaf from Sir Alex Ferguson book.
Rant over.
'm concerned about Paul Faircloughs comments on KMB. Can be damaging. KMB played for Barnet FC on sat. Travelled for 5 days on International Duty to Jordan where he was more than impressive he was outstanding. A feeling echoed by Fairclough himself. returned to Barnet FC and started in Saturdays game. Where he was sub. Barnet FC players had 4 days rest. A trip to the dead sea doesn't really compare.
Everyone around the club seems to know about KMB knee problem. Why wasn't Fairclough better informed before interview.
The player was going to be jaded. There is only so much you physically can do. Most players returning from International Duty would of rested for the sat game.
Bad call from Barnet. And someone needs to have a word with Fairclough
[quote][p][bold]Variappli[/bold] wrote: I became a member of Barnet FC cause of what Keanu Marsh-brown has bought to the club. He's inspiring. KMB stepped up and carried Barnet FC when there was NOONE else. NOW I suggest Barnet should extend the olive branch to the lad. Instead of verbally and publicly bashing the lad and talking about his actually not so great contract. Paul Fairclough needs to take a leaf from Sir Alex Ferguson book. Rant over.[/p][/quote]'m concerned about Paul Faircloughs comments on KMB. Can be damaging. KMB played for Barnet FC on sat. Travelled for 5 days on International Duty to Jordan where he was more than impressive he was outstanding. A feeling echoed by Fairclough himself. returned to Barnet FC and started in Saturdays game. Where he was sub. Barnet FC players had 4 days rest. A trip to the dead sea doesn't really compare. Everyone around the club seems to know about KMB knee problem. Why wasn't Fairclough better informed before interview. The player was going to be jaded. There is only so much you physically can do. Most players returning from International Duty would of rested for the sat game. Bad call from Barnet. And someone needs to have a word with Fairclough Variappli
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2:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

The King Pin says...

KMB has been poor for the last couple of months now. The Jordan trip might explain one poor performance, but what about all the others?

Since he signed his new contract, his performances have fallen away. You might not like to hear it, but it's true.

Perhaps you could have a word with him, because we need our potential match winning players like KMB to be firing and playing well. Pretending that the bad performances do not exist is not helping anyone.
KMB has been poor for the last couple of months now. The Jordan trip might explain one poor performance, but what about all the others? Since he signed his new contract, his performances have fallen away. You might not like to hear it, but it's true. Perhaps you could have a word with him, because we need our potential match winning players like KMB to be firing and playing well. Pretending that the bad performances do not exist is not helping anyone. The King Pin
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