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BLOOMFIELD's PITCH: Tamworth

12 August 2013

ONE DOWN, 45 TO GO

You couldn’t really ask for better than that for an opening match of the season. The key facts are that the Bees deservedly have three points on the board. After the game Head Coach Edgar Davids expressed his dissatisfaction at aspects of Barnet’s play, but perhaps he was trying to calm any heightened levels of expectations based on one, albeit, positive result.

The Bees impressive second-half performance meant that it was impossible to contemplate any other outcome than a home win and in fairness to Neil Young, the Chester manager, he didn’t try to, although he did point out that it wouldn’t have been beyond the realms of possibility had his team been one goal to the good at half-time.

He was also of the view that the Barnet players seemed to have a knowledge and understanding about where their team-mates were on the pitch and they could play balls into areas where they knew a team-mated would be.

He added that this could well be a consequence of Barnet players being full-time and although there might be something in this view Edgar Davids had previously stressed that a significant factor behind his pre-season planning was to get the players on the same wavelength as each other.

The finishing of Luke Gambin and Jake Hyde may have rightly garnered headlines but again the defence looked difficult to breach. David Stephens was his usual imperial self, Jack Saville looked composed and competitive alongside him and the full-backs were rarely troubled with Andy Yiadom, on this occasion, the more impressive of the pairing when going forward.

It was revealed post-match that Anthony Acheampong is unlikely to be able to be considered for Tuesday’s match at Tamworth, so the likelihood must be on an unchanged back four.

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