Barnet Football Club



Darren Currie: “They can be happy with their work in the first month and we’re only going to get stronger”

Shaq Coulthirst bagged the winner in stoppage time after Jack McKnight cancelled out Jack Taylor’s opener on 69 minutes.

After the game, Currie was delighted with his side’s performance but expressed his disappointment at Harry Taylor’s addition to the injury list.

“On reflection, I would say that we were the better side. Other than the chance they created for the goal, I thought we played well.

“In terms of an away performance, I thought it was really good but again we have another injury, I don’t know why this cloud hangs over us, but these boys are trying their socks off for each other and we’re down to bare bones.

“I’ve got people in the treatment room that are desperate to come back and I’ve got people dying for the cause on the pitch.

“We’ve all been frustrated with draws but let’s all enjoy a terrific performance and three points.”

The victory over Eastleigh marked the end of a tough August for Currie and his side and the Barnet boss gave his review of opening month of the season.

“Out of the four draws, two of them were fair points and two are dropped points but our overall performance has been good.

“We knew we were heading into a tough August, eight games in one month is a big ask.

“These boys have rolled their sleeves up and I think they’ve been terrific, and it was a nice way to finish month one with a last-minute winner and everyone goes home happy.

“We get a little break now which will hopefully give us a chance to rest one or two and get some work into others and be fresh and ready to go again in a couple of weeks against Maidenhead.

“I think the fight has been there. What we lacked on Monday was a bit of intelligence in the first half but in the second half we were better.

“I work with these boys everyday and I know what they’re trying to do which is why I respect them so highly.

“They come in after games when they know they should have won and they’ve only drawn and they’re disappointed, they really want to do well.

“Hopefully it’s games like Eastleigh where everyone can see that and the happiness in all of them.

“Everyone goes home happy and that’s what winning football matches does to you.

“I’m happy enough that there’s only one defeat but it could have easily been one defeat and five draws but it’s one defeat in a difficult month.

“It will give us confidence, but we do believe we should have had one or two more points.

“They can be happy with their work in the first month and we’re only going to get stronger when we get one or two back on the grass as well which will give me a few extra headaches, but I look forward to having those headaches.”

Coulthirst came off the bench to net the winner and write his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season and Currie was full of praise for the striker.

“He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t had a bad word to say and he accepts where he is at the minute which is credit to him.

“He’s trying to work hard to work his way back into the team and get himself fully fit again but he’s still not the razor sharp Coulthirst that we know he’s capable of being but that will be a huge boost for him.

“We wanted to put him on anyway and certainly when they went down to 10 men, we wanted to get another forward on and see if we can nick the game.

“I’m over the moon that he’s finished it the way he did. It was fantastic technique from Sparkes to put it back into a dangerous area and it was a great finish to win the game.”