Paul Fairclough has praised Jason Puncheon following his excellent display against Arsenal on the weekend.
Puncheon played the full 90 minutes against the Gunners on the left wing alongside his new midfield teammates who joined the club this summer but Puncheon showed that he was still the man to watch the Bees midfield quartet.
The skillful winger was a constant threat to the Arsenal defence creating both chances for himself as well as other players on the pitch. The most noteworthy attempt came in the first half where it created a chance making him one on one with the Arsenal keeper Almunia who had to pull off a good save to deny Puncheon.
Fairclough told the Barnet website that Puncheon was ‘the best player on the pitch by a mile, including Arsenal,’ which is high praise considering the talent on offer at the showpiece fixture with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor on display for the Premiership side.
Even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Puncheon had undone his team many times. When asked who stood out during the game, he responded ‘a couple of the Barnet players certainly impressed me,’ most likely in reference to Puncheon.
Despite the 2-0 defeat, Fairclough was happy with his team’s display in the opening friendly of the pre-season campaign after the Barnet players returned to training from their summer break just three days earlier.
‘We looked well balanced, had good shape and turned in a team effort.’