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Martin Allen: “We’re moving forward”

21 November 2015

The Bees manager reflects on the 0-0 draw with Morecambe.

Barnet manager Martin Allen has revealed that he was pleased with his team’s organisation and discipline this afternoon, against a strong Morecambe side.

Speaking after today’s match at The Hive, Martin said:

“They were a good team that we were playing against.

“They’ve only lost once away from home all season and just got to the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. 

“Morecambe have got a very good record away from home, and I knew after going up there to watch them during the week that they’ve got some good players.

“They’re very well organised and difficult to break down.

“We had some opportunities, but it wasn’t to be.

“In the first half, with the wind blowing right down the pitch, they had a couple of good opportunities as well.

“From our point of view, it’s a clean sheet and another point on the board – clean sheets are always a positive.

“Earlier in the season I used to come in every week and say ‘unlucky, good try, keep going like that and we’ll be ok.’

“The players have turned big corners, to turn good performances into points.

“There were some good aspects to the game, and perhaps there could have been some improvements in the final third.

“I suppose it was a good point today – it is a good point because this morning we didn’t have it, and now we do.

“In the first half we were playing against a gale force wind from right to left and it’s tough.

“We saw at the Morecambe game during the week that conditions can play a massive part. 

“You could say professional footballers should just be able to deal with the weather, but we saw last season on many occasions how difficult it was for us to play in some conditions.

“The second half was always going to be different – we kept them out in the second half and they didn’t really get anywhere near our goal.

“We had some good passages of play in the first half without really creating a great deal.

“In the second we dominated the game and didn’t take the chance when it came our way.

“If that goes in then we go home with a one nil win and it would be happy days.

“There were lots of good individual performances today and as a group we defended resolutely.

“The whole team were well organised, disciplined and drilled.

“That was the same team that played last week at Luton and I wasn’t really happy with the way we played in that game.

“Privately I had a few words during the week, and today they came out with much more tenacity.

“We just lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.

“But we can’t have everything; it’s a work in progress and we’re moving forward.

“We’re on a good run at the moment; we’re playing well, doing well, and I’ll probably make some changes for Tuesday night’s match to freshen things up.”


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