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Match Preview: Lee Barnard looks ahead to Newport County test

20 October 2014

Striker aiming to continue in the starting lineup when Blues travel to Wales tomorrow night.

Southend United striker Lee Barnard was delighted to get back involved in the action from the start in the 1-1 draw with Exeter City.

The Blues hitman played the majority of the game up front on his own and was pleased with his performance, and is aiming to continue in the starting XI against Newport County tomorrow evening.

“For me, it was great to be out there and playing again. I was pleased with the performance but it was a shame not to get a goal,” Barnard said.

“It was a good chance for me when I hit the post and to be honest, I should have scored.

“At the end of the game it felt like a defeat, to be honest. After we scored we went for the win even more and the game became more open. They scored towards the end, which was a disappointment.

“We started really well and maybe ran out of steam in the end.”

And on Blues’ trip to Wales, Barnard admits it’s going to be another difficult game against the in-form Exiles, managed by former Southend player Justin Edinburgh.

“Away from home it’ll be tough. I’ve never been there but I’m told it’s not the best of places to go.

“They’re just behind us and they are a good side. It’s been frustrating recently. We probably deserved a point of two more than we have, with some of our performances but at the end of the day, it’s up to us”

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