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Coughlan: Another tough test

25 February 2013

Graham Coughlan expects another difficult test at Barnet on Tuesday

Assistant manager Graham Coughlan insists Blues will face a completely different Barnet to the one that earned a 2-2 draw here at Roots Hall earlier in the season.

Coughlan says that since the arrival of Edgar Davids, Barnet have started to play a completely different style to what they were playing before, which will make things difficult for Blues on Tuesday night.

Barnet sit just above the drop zone in League 2, but Coughlan is adamant it will be just as tough on Tuesday night as it was against Wycombe on Saturday.

Coughlan said: “When Barnet came to Roots Hall in the season they were probably unfortunate not to actually win the game.

“They were very good that day and caused us some problems. Thankfully for us they will be without Ricky Holmes and Sam Deering has moved to Cheltenham – they were both a real handful earlier in the season.

“Since Edgar Davids has come in they’ve changed the way they play and they’ve picked up quite a number of good results.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game because it’s always a tough place to go – their position in the league doesn’t tell the whole story.

“We will have to go there with the right attitude if we are to come away with the three points – just as we did on Saturday.”

Coughlan is looking forward to facing up against Davids for the firs time, and believes it’s always an extra incentive when going up against people of his calibre.

“He’s put together an experienced side, and he has a lot of experience as well,” he added.

“It’s great going up against someone of his calibre and it adds something to it when you play Barnet certainly.

“We need to be professional in our approach and hopefully come away with a big three points that will help us push back up the table.” 


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