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22 August 2012

Manager on draw

Mark McGhee felt that the point his side earned from a 1-1 draw at Barnet last night was deserved.

“I think it was a good point, and it gives us something to start with.

“We haven’t been beaten, and we haven’t won, and that is a little bit disappointing as we were hoping for more than one point from our opening two games.

“However I think there was a lot more tonight that was better. Our shape looked better and we were still disappointed because we expected Garry Kenneth to start but he hurt his calf in the warm up and we had to change things.

“That was a shame because we had planned to play with Garry in the centre of defence and Adam Virgo at right back and Michael Smith out wide on the right.

“Eliot Richards got his chance because of that and he took it. He was excellent in a team performance.”

The second half performance from his side was much better than the opening 45 minutes and only the inspired form of goalkeeper Liam O’Brien saved Barnet from defeat.

“In the second half we kept the ball better up front and, for the first time since he’s been here, I think Dave Clarkson looked himself and was terrific tonight.

“He set the tone, chased everything, linked the play and set people up and we are going to need that from him every week.

“At half time I told the lads that while the effort was there we were lacking a little bit of quality. Barnet’s first half strategy was good and they turned us into the corners and stopped us from building anything.

“In the second half we got the ball down and played a lot better, though I think our quality can still be better, both in terms of balls into the box and our finishing.

“Their keeper pulled off some terrific saves and I think his save from Lee Brown towards the end of the first half was fantastic.”

Matt Harrold opened his account for the season when he headed home Matt Gill’s corner, but the manager expects him to score more from open play; “we will be working hard to make sure he does that.”

Returning to the subject of Garry Kenneth’s injury, the manager thinks it might be quite a serious one.

“He was absolutely gutted. His general condition hasn’t been great as he hasn’t trained all summer, for whatever reason, and you could tell how upset he was and how disappointed he was.

“His calf is very sore and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was out for up to six weeks. During that time we have to make sure that we work as hard as we possibly can to get him as fit as we can.” 

For the full audio interview, visit Gas Player

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