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FOCUS ON: Barnet

24 March 2017

A look at this weekend's opponents

This Saturday sees us travel to The Hive Stadium to take on Barnet in League Two action.

The Bees sit 15th in the table on 48 points after 11 wins, 15 draws and 12 losses from their 38 games so far this season.

They finished in their current position last campaign as Martin Allen guided his 2014/15 National League winning side to safety in their first year back in the Football League.

However, despite Barnet looking on course to make a serious challenge for the play off places when he departed, Allen left the club to drop a division and join Eastleigh in December.

The move hasn’t quite worked out for either party with Allen getting sacked by Eastleigh after less than 3 months in charge, and Barnet having since fallen out of contention for a top seven finish.

Kevin Nugent has now taken the reigns at the North London club after he was appointed mid-way through February, but he is yet to pick up a win as his team has recorded four draws and three losses from seven games.

He’s previously had interim spells in charge of Swansea, Leyton Orient and Charlton, but it’s his first permanent managerial job after leaving his role as assistant to Karl Robinson at The Addicks.

There’s no doubting who Barnet’s danger man is, with John Akinde second in the League Two goalscoring charts on 21 strikes so far this campaign.

He scored the winner when we met back on Boxing Day at the LCI Rail Stadium, as Danny Wright initially cancelled out Curtis Weston’s opener before Akinde rounded off a 2-1 win for The Bees in the second half.

The Robins will be looking for a different result this time around, though, as they aim to get a victory over Barnet for the first time since a 1-0 win against them in 2012.

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