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Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez: 'Hopefully we can bring the positivity home'
There is no doubt Barnet face an uphill task to take points from their next four League Two matches but if they can perform like they did against Macclesfield Town, Lawrie Sanchez’s side will give themselves every chance.
The Bees display in the goalless draw against the Silkmen last Friday deserved much more than the single point they gained.
However, it should give the players a timely confidence boost as they prepare to face four of the current top six sides.
Barnet host Torquay United at Underhill this Friday before welcoming league leaders Swindon Town.
A trip to Cheltenham Town follows and then the Bees take on Crawley Town at home.
After battling to back-to-back draws against relegation threatened sides, Sanchez is expecting the promotion chasing teams to be a different test for the Bees.
He said: “The sides at the bottom of the league will play in a different way to the teams at the top. The teams at the top will play football more and will have more quality on the ball.
“Those at the bottom don’t worry about that. They stick the ball in the box, take long throws, use corners and they’re big sides.
“That causes all sorts of problems for teams. So at this time of the season, when everyone is fighting for their lives, the performance against Macclesfield and Dagenham at home is what you want.
“You don’t want to be beaten by these sides and we haven’t. So it is only two points but if we continue to keep clean sheets from now until the end of the season we will be safe.”
One thing that was noticeable against Macclesfield was the difference in height between the two teams.
Sanchez commented that it is difficult against bigger sides to make sure the Bees can match up at set-pieces but acknowledges it is a trade-off for technically better players.
He said: “When we have Ricky (Holmes), Sammy Deering and (Mark) Byrne on the pitch we do lack a little bit of height.
“But what they lack in height they gain in quality on the ball and we have to make that pay. That’s our trade-off because, for those players, our quality on the ball was better than Macclesfield’s quality on the ball.
“But you have to make that difference count. If it does we can get away with it if it doesn’t then teams will batter you.”
There are still five games remaining at Underhill before the end of the campaign, including a relegation battle against Hereford United. But Barnet have played with more freedom away from home this season and last Friday’s fixture was no exception.
Sanchez believes the positivity of the away support has helped the Bees players up their performances.
“Our small band of fans came up to Macclesfield and they were very good.
“It’s a hard to travel that far on a Friday night and it’s not easy for the football team to come up here. So credit to the fans because they were fantastic and you could see their appreciation at the end with the performance and the point.”
He added: “The positivity of the away fans is infectious and the players really feed off that. So if people can bring their mates to the home games and then hopefully we can bring the positivity home.
“Hopefully we can give them something to shout about because I know our home performances haven’t been the best. But if we could feed on that positivity then that does make us play better.”