Barnet Football Club




Mark Byrne could hardly contain his joy as his opening goal helped Barnet to a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town.

The Irishman did however insist that now is not time to celebrate as the Bees look to secure back to back wins against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Speaking post-match Byrne expressed his relief as the Bees put successive defeats to Oxford United and Accrington Stanley behind them.

“We were absolutely gutted following the match at the weekend so it was great to get the three points on the board. I think we needed it.

“We are very good at home which bodes well because our next two matches are here at Underhill so hopefully we can get some more points.”

The midfielder continued by explaining the magnitude of the Bees’ forthcoming fixtures as well as the confidence that victories bring to the side.

“The games we have coming up are against the teams around us which makes them even more important but tonight will give us a lot of confidence going forward.”

With many of the Bees’ rivals picking up points on Tuesday victory and Saturday’s match are both of paramount importance according to Byrne.

“We have just looked at the other team’s results so winning tonight looks even more important right now.

“I thought we were the much better team tonight but now we need to kick on and focus on getting another three points against Cheltenham Town.”

Luck is something the Bees have found hard to come by but they cashed in against the Cod Army as Byrne and Luke Gambin both converted into an empty net.

“I was pleased to get on the scoresheet because I always think to myself that I should score more goals.

“Luckily enough it landed kindly for me tonight and I was able to tap it into an open goal.”

Jake Hyde, Elliot Johnson and Ross Jenkins all missed out due to illness but Byrne hailed the impact of striker Harry Crawford who led the line on Tuesday.

“We are always going to miss players like Hydey and Elliot but we showed tonight we have a lot of strength in depth.

“I think Harry was terrific especially considering it was his first game back after going out on loan to Dartford."

He continued: “His movement was great and he held up the ball well. He brought the midfielders into play and helped us to build attacks and keep the pressure on Fleetwood.”

“We mixed it up a lot tonight. We played when we needed to play and scrapped when we needed to scrap. The ability to adapt is always a bonus.”

Next up for the Bees is another home tie with Cheltenham Town and a win would lift them to 46 points ahead of the crucial Easter weekend.

“Cheltenham Town on Saturday is another massive game for us. They’re a good team and it will be very tough.

“Like Fleetwood they’re pushing for a place in the play-offs but we have shown on more than one occasion that we can beat anyone in the league.

“Hopefully we can get another three points and go into Easter weekend with some real momentum.”