Barnet assistant manager Giuliano Grazioli was “delighted” with the Bees performance in their victory against Azerbaijan side Gabala.

While not a game for the purists a first half goal from striker Izale McLeod ensured a 1-0 win for the home side.

Grazioli was once again on the touchline in place of Lawrie Sanchez and was happy with the tough test Barnet were given.

He said: “It was a hard game because we knew nothing about Gabala at all. We did not know what side they would put out or what formation they would play.

“So it’s nice to come away with a clean sheet and Izale McLeod getting another goal. Ricky (Holmes) was also looking very sharp.

“We have a lot of work to do still but the first half formation of 3-5-3 looked more comfortable than on Saturday, so overall I am delighted.”

Grazioli admitted that results at this stage are not vital but it was nice to come away from Underhill with a win.

He said: “Pre-season games are first and foremost about getting minutes on the pitch. Then you look at the performance and try to get the things you have worked on in training into the game and if you get a good result then that’s even better.

“As a team I think we worked hard. The three midfielders did well and the two strikers were sharp and Izale (McLeod) is looking on fire.

“The three central defenders were also very good. I have not seen a lot of Darren (Dennehy) but I was impressed with his performance. Clovis (Kamdjo) was immense and he is always getting better.”

The Bees squad contained four trialists who were all given a chance to impress. Danny Senda started the match a right back and was joined in defence by goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Ryan Watts and Bas Savage were also given 45 minutes to show what they could do.

Senda was one of only three players to complete 90 minutes on Saturday against Peterborough and Grazioli has been impressed with the 30-year-old.

He added: “I am very pleased with Danny. He seems very happy and has trained extremely well. He has said he thinks we have got a good side so when Lawrie gets back in a couple of days we will see what happens.

“All four trialists will be here until the end of the week. It was nice to see them in a match situation as you can’t judge a player just on training.”

Barnet will now face a Tottenham eleven at Underhill on Saturday as part of former Bees keeper Lee Harrison’s testimonial.

Grazioli said: “The squad that Tottenham are bringing down is full of good players. Obviously the first team are on tour so the players coming down want to prove themselves and try to get a loan move somewhere.

“Looking on the pitch today there was not too much heavy breathing. We have four pre-season games left to we will start to increase the amount of time players are getting on the pitch.”