Date: 10th August 2011 at 10:36am
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Lawrie Sanchez wondered if Barnet had the ‘belief’ to cause a Carling Cup giant killing on Tuesday against Portsmouth, and he now knows the answer.

It is a far cry from things towards the end of last season, with this win reinforcing Sanchez’s belief that things are changing with Barnet: ‘we were talking on the bench about whether we had the belief to see it through.

‘The majority of players featured against Port Vale at the end of last season.

‘They were in a scrap where livelihoods, jobs, careers depended on it, not just for them but people at the club.

‘But they were up to it and the Portsmouth performance reinforces it.’

The 1-0 win was nothing more than Barnet deserved though, with the Barnet manager praising his sides excellence: ‘it is nothing new. I know this group of players have plenty of heart and will give everything they have got.

‘I think the controlling way we finished the game showed they have added to that heart a little bit more game craft.

‘Certainly towards the end we were the ones looking like getting a second goal rather than them.

‘I thought we were excellent.’

Having had a goal disallowed and seen other chances missed it is hard to argue with Sanchez, the fact that it was not a more convincing win was the only downside of the evening!

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