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Key Player

Andy Yiadom was a cruciabarnet fc badgel figure in last season’s Conference promotion campaign. Despite predominantly being a right back, earlier on in his career his was often deployed as a winger due to his attacking instinct. Former Barnet manager Edgar David’s used him further forward before the departure of Barry Fuller and arrival of Keanu Marsh-Brown, converted him to a right-back. For a player who is just 23-years-old, he has a huge amount of experience. He has over 150 professional appearances but has never played higher than forth-tier football.

One to Watch

‘The Bees’ will hope to sting the opposition on the counter attack with Keanu Marsh Brown’s searing speed. The former Fulham youngster has Football League experience with the likes of MK Dons, Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic. As a winger that prefers to stay wide and whip the ball across to grab assists but does have an eye for goal as he proved towards the end of last season. Perhaps the reason why he didn’t succeed at a higher level is his lack of defensive discipline. Chasing back is not an attribute the 22-year-old possesses but you can hardly blame him seeing the damage he can deal at the other end of the field.

Prediction.

Lisbie still has goals left in him
Lisbie still has goals left in him

 

I expect ‘The Bees’ to be in a relegation dogfight from the first whistle. Their defence is not as sturdy as many other League Two defences, after all they did concede the most goals out of the top 3 teams in last seasons Vanarama Conference.  A backline leader is needed if Barnet are to stave of relegation in their return to the Football League. In Kevin Lisbie they have a guaranteed goal scorer. The former Jamaican international turns 37 in October but has proved in recent years that he still the knack for goals, and the instinctive mindset the top forwards acquire when playing at the highest level. Barnet will be a very attractive side to watch with goals flying in all over the place, although maybe too many between the sticks of goalkeeper Graham Stack.

Prediction – 22nd

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5 comments

  1. Four of the back five played together for Barnet in league two in 2012-13 and during that time they conceded less than a goal a game, they have been strengthened by last years Stevenage captain Bira Dembele and Gavin Hoyte. A small amount of research would’ve revealed the team had a very small squad, injuries to Stephens and Stack affected the season and yet only two teams in the league conceded fewer goals. In the last eight games of the season when the first choice back line was available only 3 goals were conceded.
    Striker wise Lisbie will be played sparingly with plenty of firepower already available, Akinde with 30+ and Matthew Stevens who scored over 50 goals in the U18s last season. This has been added to with the signing of Lincolns top scorer for the last two seasons.

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  2. Have you looked at 2012/13?
    Relegation occurred due to Mark Robson building a team of kids that didn’t win a game. By October none of his preferred back line of O’Brien, Fortune, Kamdjo and Brown were still playing in defence. His record was P12 W0 D3 L9 F8 A26 Pts 3

    He was replaced in mid October and form for the rest of the season was tenth (With 15 clean sheets which is more than any other team managed in the league during that period).
    The team was relegated by goal difference with the highest points total ever (Enough to finish 19th last season despite the dreadful start).
    The record was P34 W13 D9 L12 F39 A31 Pts48

    As for the current defence, Stack first played on 1st September, Yiadom first played Right Back in January, Johnson was promoted from the development squad in November and N’Gala came on loan in Feb\March.

    As for whether they are ready now?
    When they managed 15 clean sheets in thirty games Yiadom was a 20yo converted winger, he is now an England C international. Johnson was 18 and clearly a raw talent, N’Gala was signed by Portsmouth before coming back to us and Dembele is highly regarded after captaining Stevenage to a playoff spot, the only reason he isnt still there because they refused to honor a clause in his contract and so he left. Stack is a top quality shot stopper. I have no fears about our back line and your claim they are less solid than other league two sides is false.

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