Barnet Football Club



Michael Nelson: “A hard-earned point”

Skipper Michael Nelson echoed the thoughts of Martin Allen by confirming Barnet were the most likely winners when assessing Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient at The Hive. 
Neither side managed to grab hold of the game and assert themselves on the other, though Barnet had two of the game’s best chances through Luke Gambin and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
But it was not to be and the Bees were left to settle for a point against the managerless O’s.
Reflecting on the game, Nelson said: “It was a hard-earned point. Obviously it was a game of few chances but we stuck in there and got stronger as the first half went on.
“In the second half we had them pinned in their half at times. They pushed towards the end but, territory wise, we had the lion’s share of it without being able to create a proper clear-cut chance.
“We flashed a couple of crosses across their box and half a couple of little half-chances but nothing which was a gilt-edged chance.
“It’s a hard-earned point and it’s important when you don’t play well that you don’t lose the game.”
The game was Nelson’s third start in a week and the former Hartlepool United favourite is enjoying being in the thick of the action week in week out after having to fight his way into the starting XI last term.
“I’m enjoying playing every week,” said the Gateshead native. “Not being involved every week last season was new to me but I was patient, waited for my turn and got into the side and stayed there for a while. 
“I was determined in the summer, once I had a new contract, that my age would not be an issue. People on the outside might look at me and say that because I’m 36 I’m only going to be playing the odd game.
“But I made sure I came back fit, got through pre-season in good shape and I have laid down a marker. I am 36 but I’m as fit as some of the boys in there who are 26. I hope it’s showed in playing three games in a week a few times.”
And Nelson will be keen to be involved on Tuesday evening when Championship new-boys Norwich City visit The Hive in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The Admiral won promotion with the Canaries in 2010, making 35 appearances in League One en-route to the title.
“Norwich will bring a few and their fans have been warm to me in the past when I have played against them,” said Nelson.
“It’s nice to get a good reception when you go back to clubs you have played for. Going back to Norwich or playing against Norwich is pretty special. 
“Their fans looked after me and have been very warm to me when I have played against them. It is one I am looking forward to.”