John Akinde is hoping he and his Barnet team-mates can enjoy a positive response following Martin Allen's sudden departure from The Hive last week.

The Bees were without a game on Saturday, two days after Allen left for National League side Eastleigh, but have now been under the watchful gaze of interim joint coaches Rossi Eames and Henry Newman for more than a week ahead of the journey to Huish Park.

Akinde said the shock news had taken the Barnet dressing room by surprise, and while he admitted it would have an affect their pursuit of an eighth straight league game unbeaten, he hoped it would be a positive one for the Bees.

"It was a surprise coming into training for us, hearing Martin had gone," he said. "But it's part and parcel of football really.

"Things will change and there will be some sort of affect on the players but hopefully in a positive way, and we can progress further.

"It's not frustrating as such, we just have to be focused and professional.

"We all want to win at Yeovil. They are in the play-offs and they are a good team."

Yeovil ran out 4-3 winners last time the two sides met, in April, despite Barnet leading 3-1 against the Glovers.

But Akinde said there was no sense of revenge ahead of this weekend's rematch.

"Last season was last season," he said. "It was disappointing to lose to them but we were winning that game and we just want to focus on getting the result this time."

Allen and Akinde had proven a positive combination during their time together in north London, with the 27-year-old having scored 69 goals since the start of the 2014-15 season.

"He's given me an opportunity to showcase what I can do and I will always be grateful. We had a good relationship and I think I've repaid him."