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Barnet boss Mark Robson says he is 'confident' ahead of Saturday's League Two clash with Plymouth
Barnet boss Mark Robson believes Saturday’s home match against Plymouth will be the day his team finally break their winning duck this season.
The Bees came close last Saturday but squandered a two-goal lead against Southend to draw 2-2, before suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to League One outfit Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Barnet put on a spirited display against their Football League superiors and matched them in many areas of the pitch but ultimately Robson’s team lacked the punch in the final third to threaten Orient’s goal.
Moses Odubajo’s strike in the 25th minute proved decisive and left the Bees still searching for that elusive victory.
Robson said after the match: “I thought again tonight that with the number of chances we created we could have won the game quite comfortably.
“But we didn’t and that’s the story at the moment but we’ve got to stay positive - we’re getting into positions to create the chances and I’m sure it’ll come.”
Winger Ricky Holmes scored one and set up the other against Southend and he was busy again against Orient but Barnet’s attack failed to get on the end of his dangerous crosses.
“Ricky is on fire at the moment and he was again tonight,” Robson continued.
“He’s playing exceptionally well at the moment for us but we just never got enough bodies in the box to finish off his deliveries which is a shame because they were good deliveries.”
Two positive performances on the bounce though have left the Bees boss in confident mood ahead of Saturday’s crunch match against fellow strugglers Plymouth.
The Pilgrims currently sit in 19th position in League Two, five spots above Barnet, and Robson hopes his side will be able to continue their improved performances on Saturday.
“We’ll go there full of confidence because of how we’re playing and I think Saturday will be the day,” Robson said.
“To be fair to the players they’ve been outstanding. Their work rate and their effort is there for all to see and I’m really feeling for them at the moment because they’re doing everything but winning.
“So it’s a huge game against Plymouth and we’ve just said in the changing room we’re confident we’ll get a win Saturday.
The Bees boss is not expecting any favours though from Carl Fletcher’s team who have only lost one game in their last six.
Robson said: “I expect Plymouth to be a tough side, a strong side – they’ve had their problems over the last two or three years down in the relegation zone so I’m expecting a tough game but I’m confident we can come out on top.”
One major boost for Barnet is the news that striker Collins John has received international clearance and is now eligible to feature.
The former Fulham player, who scored 12 goals in the Premier League in the 2005/2006 season, travelled with the squad to Southend but failed to receive permission to play in time.
Robson said: “Collins could be involved so that could be another big plus for us so we’ll see how we go.
“He will bring experience and he’s a goal scorer. He’s a great finisher, when you watch him in training he knows where the goal is and it’ll be good to have him in and around the squad.”