Barnet Football Club




Edgar Davids was delighted with his side’s 4-1 win over Morecambe on Saturday which saw them climb to 18th in the Npower League Two table.
Following last weekend’s defeat at Home Park the head-coach stated the importance of bouncing back and they did just that as Dani Lopez notched a fine treble following Luke Gambin’s equaliser.
Speaking post-match Davids admitted his side were beaten in more than one way against Plymouth Argyle but revealed he was pleased with the response he got from his side.
“Plymouth were more determined and tactically better than us but on Saturday we tactically outplayed Morecambe and were more determined.
“We trained on certain aspects and made some small changes, some players picked them up very well such as Luke and Mauro who both started and did very well. 
“Lopez also played very well and I was pleased with the way the whole team played over the course of 90 minutes.”
Davids did admit that he was disappointed by the manner in which Barnet went behind but admitted he was pleased with his side’s overall progress.
“It was a soft goal to concede and we talked about these things before the game so to make the same mistake is not good but in the end we played well.
“We did not give Morecambe a lot of opportunities and I am very happy because we have taken two or three big steps forward.
“Of course there are a lot of things we can improve but like I said before the game Morecambe was a benchmark and we succeeded because we outplayed them.”
Another error saw the head-coach miss a header from six-yards and he held his hands up stating that his miss was as pivotal as Morecambe’s opener. 
“I said at half-time that it was a big error and that I should have buried it,” admitted Davids. “It should have been a goal and it would have created a lot more space for us going forward.
“It was as big an error as the goal we conceded because if you go one up you can have a rest but instead we were 1-0 down, you have to just take these things on the chin and move on.”
Many would have considered starting both Luke Gambin and Mauro Vilhete as a gamble but Davids was rewarded for what proved to be a slice of tactical genius.
“It is always a risk with youngsters because you never know what you are going to get,” explained Davids. “It is like a box of chocolates and this time they were sweet.”
“It gives me a lot of options because Jake Hyde and Dani Lopez can both score and they can also play together which is something we can consider.”
Gambin and Vilhete were just two of five home grown players in the Barnet starting line-up which also pleased the head-coach.
“I said when I joined the club that we wanted to recruit good, young players and develop them into the first-team,” explained Davids. “Barnet is not an end station and I hope that it can be the beginning for many players.
“It is still early and one game does not say anything for the young players, they have to learn to be consistent and you have to give them more time to develop then after that you can expect more from them.”