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BYRNE LOOKING FOR WIN

8 February 2013

Mark Byrne believes Barnet can beat Port Vale on Saturday

Mark Byrne is targeting a positive result on Saturday despite playing against what he calls the best team in the league, Port Vale. 

The Valiants have scored six goals in their last two games and conceded none after adding Lee Hughes to their already potent forward line that is led by Tom Pope.

Byrne is however remaining optimistic and insists that despite Vale sitting top of Npower League Two that Barnet can cause an upset as they did against Gilllingham and Rotherham United.

“We always seem to play really well against the top sides, we beat Gillingham over Christmas and Rotherham a few weeks ago so hopefully we can do it again on Saturday.

“We were by far the better side last week and lost but that is football, we need to keep going and get a result against Port Vale which we are fully capable of.”

Despite little expectation the midfielder believes that it is a massive game for the club and despite their contrasting fortunes they need to secure a positive result.

“It is a very big game for us because even though we have performed really well in the past few games we have come away with no points.

“We need to do everything we can to get something out of it because it is still very tight at the bottom of the league and just four points separate six teams.”

Confidence is high despite a heartbreaking defeat in added time against Bristol Rovers and to ensure there is no repeat the Bees must focus from start to finish according to Byrne.

“We have a lot of confidence because we have played well recently but we have also been careless and a little sloppy.

“The first few minutes against Burton and the last few minutes against Bristol  Rovers have cost us so we need to make sure that on Saturday we concentrate from start to finish.”

Pope, 27, is the top scorer in League Two and January addition Hughes, 36, has scored four in his last four, Byrne admits they must stop the pair but not at the expense of their own game.

“I think our main priority is stopping them from scoring, they are very good going forward but our main focus must be concentrating on our own game.

“I personally think that they are the best team in the league at the moment because they can change the way they play and they have players who can change the game in an instant.”

Jake Hyde could return to action after making a return to training midweek and with Harry Crawford settling in well Byrne is hoping the Bees can form a dynamic duo of their own.

“Harry has settled in well because it is a big change coming from part-time football to full-time football.

“We have missed Jake in the last two games because he always gets on the end of crosses in the box but hopefully he will be back soon.”

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