Date: 25th July 2007 at 10:45am
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Manager Paul Fairclough says his ’emotions are mixed’ following the Bees 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.

He told BBC London Radio that his side had taken a ‘step backwards’ in the first half following two good performances against Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers and that he was ‘angry and a bit disappointed’ of the team’s display in the opening 45 minutes.

‘We bridged a big gap between Premiership and Second Division (by beating Arsenal). On Wednesday, we bridged another gap…by beating QPR.’

‘Today…we showed too much respect to a good Crystal Palace side who had a better atttidude that us in the first half and were more competative.’

The manager admitted he was still trying to form a shape and formation from his new-look Barnet side who have had a host of changes since last season as Fairclough revamps his squad as they embark on another League Two campaign.

‘We’re still learning what shape and what strategy is going to be best for us and I’m beginning to learn now what the strategy is because two good second-half performances in the last two games have shown us the direction,’ he said.

But Barnet’s excellent second-half performance gave the Bees 2 goals against their Championship opponents as they dominated the rest of the game.

‘Arguably, we could have scored three or four more goals…we were by far the better team.’