Bees manager Darren Currie was in high spirits as his side continued their winning run after a last-minute header from Simeon Akinola saw the Bees secure all three points in a win over AFC Fylde yesterday.
A strong first-half performance saw Barnet go into half-time with a 1-0 lead after a fantastic strike from Jack Taylor, but the Bees’ second win in two games looked on the ropes after a free-kick from Danny Rowe levelled the score. However, there was a late twist in the tale as Simeon Akinola powered home a header, in off the crossbar, to secure all three points for the Bees.
“Its pleasing on a couple of accounts,” began Currie when asked for his thoughts on the dramatic victory for his side.
“I thought we were very good in the first half and with Jack Taylor’s chance after his goal where he squared it instead of shooting, he has enough quality about him to smash that in the goal and make it 2-0.
“At 2-0 I would have obviously been more confident and comfortable with our half’s work. Then we allowed them to get back in which from our point is a cheap free-kick to give away, but Danny Rowe has that capability - he hits it so hard before Loach can get down on it.
“Then we score from a set-piece which is a rarity for us.
"I’ve got all my six-footers in the treatment room and we still ended up scoring from a set-piece!” joked the Bees manager.
“Sparkesy has proved before that he has a wonderful left foot.
“I thought our quality from set-pieces was really good today. We kept putting it in between the posts and in dangerous areas but not getting on the end of it, but the one that counts right at the death, it’s a great header and a great ball in and I think a win was a fair result in the end.”
Celebrations ensued as you would expect from a 93rd-minute winner and Currie was certainly not shy in displaying his emotions.
“I don’t think I celebrated that much when I played!
“Contrary to what some people believe, we work a lot on set-pieces. Being a set-piece taker myself, it’s something I prided myself on when I was a player and it’s just frustrating that we don’t get enough goals from set-pieces, but we have today and it's proven important and given us the victory I think we deserved.”
Currie was full of praise for both of the Taylor brothers and who both contributed with brilliant performances to see their team over the line.
“He is a special player,” said the gaffer on Jack Taylor. “I think he’s just growing in confidence and he recognises how important he is to the team and he’s embracing that importance.
"I’ve got to give a special mention to his brother today as well. He dropped in the right side of a three and…I’m actually going to put him in goal one week and see how he gets on because I’m sure he will do well, he’s incredible!
“The plaudits will go to Jack because he’s getting the goals and impacting the game and someone with his ability should be constantly having an effect on matches.”
With two wins on the bounce now for the Bees, the team will hope to continue in this form and keep that confidence high.
“Winning football matches does that. I can tell them how good they are and make them feel good about themselves but once you cross that white line, we all thrive on victories.
“What with the Chorley game as well, we’ve had three games here now that we’ve won and I feel we deserved to win all three of them. That will breed confidence and as I keep stating, even when we were on the back foot a little bit with a few results, we are going to keep striving for consistency that will see us rise up the table.”