Barnet Football Club



Darren Currie: “We’re building a good team”

JJ Hooper opened the scoring with only two minutes on the clock before Dan Sparkes grabbed the equaliser six minutes later.

After the game, Currie felt his side used the ball well in the first half but lacked control in the second.

“We had to change the shape. We lost Callum (Reynolds) on Friday morning but we obviously bought young Charlie (Rowan) and I thought he did very well considering I don’t think he knows everyone’s name yet.

“With the change of shape, I had no time to work on that, but my values are how we take care of the ball and in the first half we moved it around terrifically well.

“We had a great interchange between Jack Taylor and Shaq (Coulthirst) that could have put us in front, but it wasn’t to be.

“In the second half, we didn’t really take control of the game. We had a little bit more control when Andre (Boucaud) came on because that’s the type of player he is.

“It’s disappointing how we played in the second half but I’m not too disappointed with the result.”

The boss was also full of praise for a couple of his player, including Scott Loach who added another top save to his collection yesterday.

“On the balance of play, they had a couple of opportunities but didn’t really overwork Loach but when he was called in, what a save.

“The ‘keeper is unbelievable and I’m so lucky to have him in our team. He was brilliant again today.”

He extended his plaudits to defender Ricardo Santos and is hopeful the Bees’ number five will be fit enough to play on Monday too.

“He’s a mountain. He changes gear when he needs to. If we can keep him fit, it will be huge for us, absolutely huge.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to manage his injury in his knee, but he puts in shows like that.

“We had a decision to make before the game because we have two games in three days and I’d like to play him in both but we looked at it as whether it should be the away game or the home game so we’ve gone with the away game.

“We’re just hopeful that when we’re back in training tomorrow, we assess him and he’ll be a monster for us again on Monday. He’s outstanding.

“We’ve got some good players at this club and we’re building a good team.

“If people don’t perform, they’re going to find themselves out of the team because I’ve got four or five people and two or three in the treatment room who are desperate to be back in it.”

Charlie Rowan joined the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers this weekend and Currie praised his first performance but also feels there is room for improvement.  

“He did very well in the first half when we were dominating the ball but there are one or two things that he’ll improve on defensively.

“I have no doubt they’ll come when he gets more comfortable and confident around the group of players we have.

The boss then went on to express his thanks to those who made the bank holiday trip to Wales.

“Whether there are thousands of them or a few hundred or however many there were at Wrexham, it’s a bank holiday weekend and they’ve chosen to get behind the boys.

“We’re all grateful so thank you for your support and we will see you all on Monday.”