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Martin Allen: “I thought we were excellent”

28 December 2015

The Bees manager reflects on the 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United.

Barnet manager Martin Allen was pleased with his team’s performance against Cambridge United, despite coming away from The Abbey empty handed.


Speaking after the match, Martin said:


“I thought we were excellent – I thought that was one of the best performances of the season from our team.


“In the first half we totally controlled the game and had four or five good chances to go ahead.


“The second half was always going to be different with the wind, but even so we were on top and more than comfortable.


“Then we allowed the cross to come in from the left wing into our box too easily.


“We knew that their strength was getting crosses into the box and we worked on that yesterday morning. 


“But the cross was allowed to come in too easily, and that’s when they’re dangerous. 


“To lose another goal so soon afterwards, to be so comfortable and then to be 2-1 down, is very disappointing for all the players and the supporters.


“Cambridge are on a bit of form at the moment, so overall I’d say that it was a very good team performance. 


“Luke Gambin was ill at lunch time today with a virus, so we had to change things quickly at the last minute.


“That didn’t help us, but Curtis Weston did a fantastic job on the left hand side.


“I would say that every player who pulled on the shirt did a great job for the team, and I thought that we were by far the better team.


“It was a good performance from our players - I’m very disappointed underneath, but I thought we played really well. “


Looking ahead to the upcoming match against Northampton Town, Martin said:


“I don’t care where they are in the league, every game that we play is difficult. 


“Every game is a hard game, and the players are doing a really good job.


“The performances over the last few weeks since that FA Cup game have been tremendous.


“We have to keep working and keep believing in ourselves.


“This is the way that I want us to play - I’m sure it was good to watch for our supporters.


“There was a disappointing couple of minutes, but apart from that Cambridge hardly had a shot at our goal.”


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