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Edgar Davids said Braintree Town had nine lions on the pitch in their 3-0 defeat against Barnet in the Skrill Premier
9:04pm Monday 26th August 2013 in Sport
Barnet head coach Edgar Davids felt Braintree Town had “nine lions on the pitch” against the Bees and believes his side can make several improvements despite their 3-0 victory.
The Iron had two players dismissed in the first half. Dean Wells was shown a red card after two minutes for a poor challenge on Mark Byrne and Alan Massey was sent off just past the half hour for fouling Harry Crawford.
Despite their two man advantage the Bees went into the interval level. But in the second period goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown, Byrne and Jake Hyde ensured the Bees claimed the three points and moved to the top of the Skrill Premier.
Speaking after the victory, Davids said: “I am pleased with the result of course but there are definitely a lot of improvements that can be made.
“We played just two days ago, as did they, but I think we have a tough season ahead because I need to compliment Braintree, they had nine lions on the pitch.
“I think that is the Conference. We need to match that attitude because they are not the only team that will fight like that.
“We have to prepare ourselves and do that for 90 minutes, not just in the second half.
“Every team has a problem if you play against ten men then and nine men. It is a mentality thing; it is difficult if you are in the superiority to remain disciplined.”
On the red cards, Davids added: “I think they were spot on and there can be no discussion on them. The referee made good decisions but then you still need to score the goals.
“It took us a while and we needed to use a lot of energy to make them count.”
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