Paul Fairclough says he is delighted with the debut performance of Neal Bishop.
Bishop played his first game in black and amber colours in competative action and was the drive of the midfield as the Bees were held to a goalless draw at Christie Park.
‘They both had good games,’ Fairclough told BBC London Radio, speaking about the new central midfield duo of Bishop and Michael Leary. ‘I think Neal Bishop in particular was outstanding’
‘We played very well today in very difficult circumstances. This was arguably the most difficult game we could’ve had for the first game of the season. Morecambe were on a tired of eurphoria and they expressed that in the opening few minutes and they put us under a lot of pressure.’ The opening ten minutes of the match were dominated by the home side and should’ve been ahead through Twiss only for Lee Harrison to deny the popular striker a goal in Morecambe’s first game in League football.
‘there is a doggedness about the team at the moment, albeit only the first game but we stayed strong and we finished even stronger,’ Fairclough said. After the opening stages Barnet got back into the game and we soon in control, creating numerous chances which were failed to be put away, especially in the final 20 minutes where the home side were firmly on the back-foot, with the goalkeeper and central defenders, along with Barnet’s failure to hit the back of the net from the opportunities, firmly to thank for the point.
‘I believe there was probably going to be only one winner had the game gone any longer. The keeper’s made one magnificent save, we were creating opportunties. I think the adrenalin rush had gone from Morecambe and they were hitting the reality of the Football League and I am very pleased the way we pushed on and tried to get the winner.’
Fans and players alike will have travelled back down to London in disappointed mood at having not claimed all three points as they should have, espcially with ambitions of promotion to League One in the minds. I can’t see Morecambe as the type of team looking a second successive promotion, but come May will probably be fighting it out to remain in League Two at the bottom of the table. Resultantly, these are the type of fixtures Barnet have to get all three points from, especially as they will have much harder away games than what the Shrimps showed on Saturday.