Date: 16th August 2007 at 11:39am
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Neal Bishop is having to face three matches on teh sidelines after he received a straight red against Norwich City.

The central midfielder elbowed Fotheringham minutes from the end of the match and was duly dismissed for violent conduct and after watching replays of the incident Paul Fairclough has chosen not to appeal the decision.

Bishop put in good performances both at Carrow Road and at Morecambe last week but now will have to sit out and watch his team-mates in action in Saturday’s home game against Hereford United as well as very tough fixtures against promotion favourites Brentford and Bradford.

Barnet are now left without captain Ismail Yakubu, Bishop and Giuliano Grazioli for the next few games which are crucial if Barnet are looking to gain promotion this season.

It leaves Fairclough with a dilemma as to how his squad should be assembled for the next few games. If Ian Hendon keeps his spot at right-back and Joe Devera comes into the centre-back position like they did unsuccessfully against Norwich, then Max Porter would be given his chance to partner Michael Leary in the centre of the park. Porter could, however, be played at right-back like he did when he came on at Carrow Road leaving the central midfield position open to the likes of Stephane Seanla to fill.

All the talk with supporters at the moment is how many more signings are going to be coming into the frame, with the transfer window closing in 15 days time. Emergency loan signings for the next few games could be Fairclough’s best bet, possibly with the potential for a season-long loan if they sufficiently impress in the next few games. Loan signings will most probably be coming in at centre-half and possibly in the centre of the park too.