Barnet Football Club




Mark Byrne believes the pressure is on Torquay United ahead of Tuesday’s rearranged match at Plainmoor.

The Bess currently sit two points ahead of the Gulls and with just three matches left in Npower League Two both clubs will be desperate to win.

The Bees’ last win on the road came against AFC Wimbledon and Byrne is expecting a similar kind of match on Tuesday.

“The lads have stayed focused but I don’t think there is any pressure on us. Torquay are below us in the league and they need to come at us.

“We know that during the opening 20 minutes it will be tough like it was against AFC Wimbledon. We just need to make sure we weather the storm and then I think we can kick on and win the game.”

The midfielder also explained that this will suit Barnet’s style of play and that they can punish Torquay on the break.

“I think the fact they need to come at us will help us and suit the way we play. We are good on the counter and they’re not that quick at the back so we will have chances.

“We were looking at the results on Saturday on the bus and we know what we have to do. Like I said the pressure is on them, they have to beat us to go ahead of us.”

The match was originally due to take place on Saturday but due to a waterlogged pitch it was postponed; that hasn’t however changed the Bees mentality.

“We were confident going into the game on Saturday and that hasn’t changed. The weather didn’t look too bad when we arrived on Friday but unfortunately it rained non-stop during the night.

“I felt more sorry for the fans than I did for us because we had an overnight stay and a lot of fans travelled down on the day to be told it was off.”

A win against the Gulls could see Barnet move five points clear of the relegation zone and Byrne admitted it would be very special to ensure their survival in the last Barnet match at Underhill.

“It should be a special occasion on Saturday. We will have a lot of fans there and I think it will be a sell-out.

“It gives us an extra incentive going into the match against Torquay because if we win twice this week we could be safe.

“Hopefully we can take something from the Torquay United match and on Saturday at home in front of a lot of fans I think we will be more than comfortable.”