Date: 10th August 2007 at 5:15pm
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Paul Fairclough says he is after the signatures of three more players.

Fairclough has signed a host of new players this summer but despite eight new players the Barnet squad remains small, with just 17 first-team players, two of whom – strikers Guiliano Grazioli and Liam Hatch – are transfer-listed, the latter almost certainly expecting a move this month.

Supporters have raised questions, not about the first-choice XI’s ability but rather the strength in depth needed to mount a realistic promotion challenge.

But Fairclough revealed after Barnet’s 4-0 win over Histon that he still felt he was ‘three short’ ahead of tomorow’s league opener against Morecambe.

‘I’m hoping that we can do something this week,’ Fairclough told BBC London Radio. But he said that he felt the starting lineup he played at Histon would be match for teams in the league. ‘I feel that if I can get the starting lineup today every week I believe we’ll have a great chance.’

‘Sometimes it doesn’t always work out. But I have been in situations in teams where if you can get a winning streak going no-one seems to get injured. We are a small squad and if I can keep the squad fit then that’ll be down to the fitness work we do then with those players on the pitch we’re going to do well.’