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Match Preview: Ebbsfleet United (H)

26 November 2019

The Bees will look to return to winning form as they face Ebbsfleet United this evening in Vanarama National League action.

Form Guide:  

Barnet FC Last 5 = W1 D0 L4

Barrow AFC 2-1 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 1-2 Stockport County

Barnet FC 0-2 Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)

Barnet FC 2-1 Chorley FC

Harrogate Town 2-1 Barnet FC

 

Ebbsfleet United Last 5 = W1 D3 L1

Stockport County 1-1 Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet United 2-2 Hartlepool United

Ebbsfleet United 2-3 Notts County (FA Cup)

Ebbsfleet United 2-2 Chesterfield FC

Chorley 0-4 Ebbsfleet United

 

The Opposition:

Nickname: The Fleet

Manager: Kevin Watson 

Stadium: Stonebridge Road

League Position: 23rd Position

Ebbsfleet United have struggled this season coming off the back of a positive season last year that saw them finish just outside of the play-off places in the National League. This saw manager Garry Hill dismissed from his position and Kevin Watson brought in as his replacement who has had a good start to his Fleet career.

Their last five fixtures have seen them only lose once to fellow National League side Notts County in the FA Cup. Just as recently as last Saturday, the Fleet looked to have secured all three points until Sam Walker’s 93rd minute goal snatched away the win at the death.

The away side may have an injury problem going into the fixture on Tuesday night with a number of personnel possibly still unavailable to Watson.

 

The Gaffer: Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in 1992 making five appearances for the Premier League side. During his time at Spurs, he was loaned out to three sides, including Barnet FC. Eventually, Watson made the switch to Swindon Town and went on to play for sides such as: Rotherham United, Reading and Colchester United.

His first stint in charge of a football club came at Maldon & Tiptree however, he followed Teddy Sheringham to Stevenage where he took up the assistant manager role. In March 2017, he took up the position at Bishops Stortford as head coach but left at the end of the following season. Once Garry Hill had been dismissed from his position at the Fleet, Kevin Watson filled the position and has so far had a positive impact at the club and will hope to steer his side out of the relegation zone.

 

One to Watch: Gozie Ugwu

Summer signing Gozie Ugwu has performed excellently during his third spell at Ebbsfleet United having scored seven goals so far this season, with six of them coming under manager Kevin Watson.

Ugwu spent time on loan last season at Boreham Wood before switching to Ebbsfleet United where he impressed manager Garry Hill once more having already worked with him at Woking during the 2016/17 season.

 

Coverage

We will be providing full iBarnet commentary with Sam Avery and Will Evans as well as full 90-minute match updates via our official Twitter account, @BarnetFC.

For behind the scenes content, head over to our Instagram @barnetfootballclub.

 

What the Boss said


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