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There are many ways to describe Barnet’s match against Hereford United, the simplest though is it’s a game that both sides must win.
Three points separate the two teams going into the contest and should the Bees take victory, it will leave the Bulls with a near impossible task to escape relegation.
However, should the Bulls win they climb off the foot of the table.
If 23rd place Macclesfield also take victory in their weekend clash against Crewe Alexandra, then the bottom three will be level on points with three matches remaining.
Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez believes the Bees will have done enough to knock their opponents out of the survival race if they win the match.
"It will be (a big enough gap) from Hereford," stated Sanchez. "Whether it is enough from Macclesfield we don’t know. But I never thought for one moment that this season could come down to the last game.
"If we had won on Monday and Friday (against Cheltenham) the season would have been over. We would’ve been done and dusted with three games to go.
"But we haven’t won and it now goes down to Friday night. It will be a massive, massive game for this club and for Hereford."
There was a surprise name missing from the Barnet line-up against Crawley as Ben May wasn’t included in the squad.
Sanchez confirmed the striker was absent due to a hamstring injury and is unsure whether he would be fit for Hereford.
However, the Barnet boss praised the frontline of Ricky Holmes and Izale McLeod for their display against the Reds.
He said: "It gives us a different option with Ricky behind Izale. We have played that way earlier in the season and got some results from it. With Ben being unavailable we had to change it around.
"Izale is obviously lacking a little bit of confidence I think you could say. He has got the goals in him and he created the rebound for Ricky to get the first goal.
"But he terrifies the life out of defenders. He pushes defenders backwards which allows Ricky to come into that hole and Ricky running at them terrifies them as well.
"And the pair of them terrified the Crawley defence in the first half and for parts of the second. But you do have to score.
He added: "What goes on between the goals doesn’t mean anything, the only thing that counts is the goals and we haven’t got them."
When Barnet and Hereford met earlier in the campaign the Bees fell to a 1-0 defeat at Edgar Street - one of only four wins the Bulls have managed at home this season.
The Bees home form is not much better with only five victories at Underhill this campaign.
However, Sanchez believes if his side can repeat their performance from Monday then they will take all three points.
"If we can perform like we did against Crawley then we will win the game. The trouble is we have performed well against the big teams this season, but when we have come up against the teams around us we don’t keep our foot on the pedal. That’s when we are at risk.
"Against Crawley we knew it would be tough and we had a good impetus. I still can’t believe we have lost the game but we need to have that level of performance.
"We need to be up for the game, the crowd needs to be behind us and we all need to be singing from the same song sheet."
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