Michael Gash hailed the performance of both his fellow teammates and the Barnet supporters on Saturday, as Barnet stayed on top of the pile with a 3-0 victory over FC Halifax Town at The Hive.
Speaking after the game, the Bees striker reflected on tricky test against difficult opponents with their own promotion ambitions that eventually saw Barnet run out as comfortable winners:
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We have trained hard and focused on it all week and I think you can see from the performance that the whole team have done everything right in training and put it onto the pitch on Saturday.
“That is how we want to start and that is how we try to start every game. It was great – everybody was just at it from the first whistle and I don’t think that they could cope with the tempo that we came out at.
“Halifax had two tough, physical centre-halves so you are not going to win every ball so there are going to be knock-downs. To have a midfield that will read that, squeeze up the field and get on those knock-downs it is something you rely on instead of the other team picking the ball up, turning and playing.
“I think we did that really well today. As a whole team we pushed up from the back and did not let them have a second on the ball.”
Gash was also full of praise for the Bee Army who backed the team throughout, and insists that their support is helping the players to find an extra gear:
“Even from the warm-up they are there cheering you are on and just to hear them during the game – I think Charlie Mac wrote the same in his programme notes – it does feel like having an extra man out there.
“It is fantastic having them coming out here, supporting the lads and singing all the way through until the 94th minute. It is something that the boys love hearing and gives us that little extra boost.”
The victory over the Shaymen keeps the Bees one point clear at the top of the Conference with just two games left to play, but Gash is refusing to get carried away and instead is fully focused on this weekend’s trip to take on his former side Kidderminster Harriers:
“We take every game as it comes. Whoever the gaffer picks to start the game – if you are on the bench or in the stand – you are confident that team can do a job and no-one is in a mood if they are not in the team, everyone backs each other – there is a great camaraderie in the dressing room.
“All we focused on last week was the Halifax game. Next week it is Kidderminster. We will focus again in training, we will work hard, we will listen to what the gaffer has to say and we will go from there.
“It is going back there where I had a couple of great years and nearly got promoted with them. It will be good to go back and see a few familiar faces but we are going to go there for the win.”