Barnet assistant coach Gary Waddock believes the players' efforts in training have given Martin Allen decisions to make ahead of York City's visit on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Defeat against Accrington Stanley last weekend made it three on the bounce for Allen’s side but it was just Barnet’s second home League Two loss of the season with the last coming against Wycombe Wanderers in August.

Allen was suitably unimpressed with the display and promised to ring the changes as a result.

The Bees boss has held up his end of the bargain by making Andy Yiadom captain in place of Curtis Weston and signing Brentford’s Josh Clarke on loan.

And Waddock, speaking to Barnet Player, noticed an improvement on the training pitches in the shadow of The Hive during the week.

“The lads have trained extremely hard this week on the back of last Saturday’s performance and result,” he said.

“We’re looking for some reaction and change really. Obviously the manager wants results to improve and saying that, the players have responded on the training ground.”

The former Queens Park Rangers boss continued: “Certain performance have been very good. Some performances have been below the standard required here at the club and the manager wants success here.

“He’s looking to build on the success the club had last season so we’re looking to get an improved performance this Saturday and pick up a result.”

Goalkeeper Max Crocombe returned to parent club Oxford United today (Friday) even though he had been expected to play against York whilst Graham Stack continues his recovery from a hip flexor issue.

However, with Crocombe back at the Kassam Stadium, head coach Allen is likely to call upon backup keeper Jamie Stephens once more.

Stephens was one of a handful of senior players to play for Ross Eames’ Development Team in a 1-0 win at Brentford on Tuesday.

Bira Dembele, Shaun Batt, Tom Champion and Kevin Lisbie all started in that behind-closed-doors match and should bar Dembele, who will serve a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards, be in contention to face the Minstermen.

“Both groups of players performed extremely well and gave the manager something to think about going into this weekend’s game,” said Waddock.

“That can only be encouraging for [the players] themselves and for Martin as well to have looked at them and maybe freshen things up as well.

“That gives him some decisions to make come the end of the week.”