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Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez admits his side couldn’t have had a worse run of fixtures as they battle against relegation.

In their last three fixtures the Bees have taken on three of League Two’s current top six and have come away from those matches without anything to show for their efforts.

It doesn’t get any easier for Sanchez’s men as Barnet welcome fourth place Crawley Town to Underhill this afternoon.

The Reds come into the match on the back of a nine game undefeated run and the Bees boss believes his side are in a real ‘dogfight to stay up.

“We can’t rely on other teams to keep us out of the bottom two. We are in a real dogfight at the moment in time. At this moment in time we can determine our outcome ourselves, once that changes then you are hoping on a prayer.”

He continued: “You couldn’t have asked for a worst run into a relegation battle with facing Cheltenham, Crawley, Torquay and Swindon.

“I said in my programme notes last week that our season will be determined by how we do in three of the last four games.

“We have Hereford, Southend, Wimbledon and Burton Albion. So they will determine our season. But if we could have taken points against Cheltenham and Torquay it takes the pressure off.”

There are no new injury concerns for Barnet who got into the contest looking for their first home win since January 28.

Sanchez said:“The squad we had at Cheltenham was the squad we have fit. We have recalled Mauro Vilhete from Boreham Wood and he was the only player not involved (against Cheltenham) who was fit.

“Darren probably won’t be fit for Crawley but maybe fit for some of the latter games. He had an injection on Thursday and that will probably take four or five days to settle down. He could be fit for Hereford on Friday night.”

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