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Town at Barnet for Second Pre-Season Friendly
Wednesday, 13th Jul 2016 10:58

Town face League Two Barnet at their Hive ground this evening in their second friendly of pre-season (KO 8pm).

Blues boss Mick McCarthy plans to field a different XI in each half against the Bees, as he did during Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Dublin side Shelbourne.

McCarthy is hoping for a better quality pitch than the one at Tolka Park where he felt the grass was too long and not “conducive to the ball being moved quickly”.

“Hopefully we’ll be playing on a flat even surface and we’ll be able to pass the ball a bit better,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m just glad to get back into playing games now.”

The Blues are likely to take a squad similar to the one which was involved against Shelbourne.

Striker Daryl Murphy returned to pre-season training yesterday having been given an additional two weeks off having been at the Euros with the Republic of Ireland.

His Ireland international team-mate David McGoldrick missed Saturday’s game due to a sore hip flexor problem and again may not be risked this evening.

Speaking on Saturday, McCarthy said the problem wasn’t anything too significant: “He’s just having to manage it. But nothing to be too concerned about, he’ll be fine.”

Left-back Myles Kenlock was unable to make the trip to Ireland after picking up an ankle ligament injury in training at Playford Road and has been pencilled in for a return when Town travel to Cambridge United a week on Saturday.

New signing Adam Webster travelled to Ireland but didn’t play against Shelbourne, however, McCarthy is hopeful that the centre-half will make the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury late on during 2015/16 while with Portsmouth.

“He’s recovering from his ankle but he’s running now, he’s out on the grass," the Town boss said. "He’s been doing good work while we’ve been at Carton House. He’ll be fine, his fitness is going to be need working on. But he’ll be all right, he might be fit for the start of the season.”

Midfielder Giles Coke missed the Ireland training camp as he is continuing his recovery after knee surgery at the end of last season and is a few weeks away from a return to action with the Blues hoping he'll be ready for the start of the season.

Barnet manager Martin Allen is promising Town a tough evening and will be looking for his team to win, having beaten Cheshunt 5-1 away on Saturday.

“As always with Mick McCarthy’s teams, they’re honest and hard-working,” he told Barnet’s official site. “Everybody knows if you play for Mick you’re a 100 per cent player.

“They’ve got some quality, Championship level players. As always with these games everyone says the result’s not important but it is important to me.

“I think Mick will be coming here knowing he’s going to get a good game, everyone will be 100 per cent, giving everything they’ve got to get a result.”

Town won their only previous visit to Barnet's new home 1-0 in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2013 when McGoldrick scored the only goal.

Tickets to this evening’s game are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and under-14s.

Probable squad: Bialkowski, Gerken, Chambers, Emmanuel, Robinson, Knudsen, Digby, Berra, Smith, Malarczyk, Bishop, Bru, Skuse, Hyam, Dozzell, Douglas, McDonnell, Blanchfield, Stewart, McLoughlin, Patterson, Pitman, Sears, Murphy, Morris.

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Wickets added 11:16 - Jul 13
Quality players! is my memory right did Martin Allen say a couple of years ago that we had no quality?

Moisha added 11:22 - Jul 13
Looking forward to seeing the boys in action tonight

Jimmy86 added 11:41 - Jul 13
Wickets, it was whilst he was Gillingham manager, you are correct. Think it's coz we beat them

brendenward35 added 11:58 - Jul 13
Do you think the tractor in the background there for a reason? "Come on you tractor boys"

Radlett_blue added 12:26 - Jul 13
I hadn't realised Webster was crocked when we signed him.
I presume it is likely to be two different XIs.
I'm told that Barnet are only opening the main stand.

unknown100 added 12:30 - Jul 13
Squads looking rather thin, hope he's going to unvail 4-5 signings because an injury or 2 to bishop/Murphy/mcgoldrick and its the same as last season, learn from your mistakes mick, get some decent wingers in and stop saying how you enjoy the freebies and loan players. Hope we get stuffed and makes him take real action in the transfer window

ArnieM added 12:39 - Jul 13
"get some decent wingers in mick".........Blimey I really hope Mick reads your post because I doubt he's even considered that!!

Radlett_blue added 12:43 - Jul 13
Yes, Barnet are only opening the West stand, which has 2400 capacity, but you can buy & print tickets on-line; £10/head.

Dwillams57 added 13:54 - Jul 13
Are we actually going to sign any new players. We are getting left way behind other teams now. Doesn't look very hopeful for the new season and it hasn't even started yet.

Gogs added 14:03 - Jul 13
A tenner for a friendly between Barnet and Ipswich? Far too much, a fiver and a quid for kids would be more than enough

Paddy39 added 14:39 - Jul 13
Anyone got any idea when the season tickets will be sent out?

brian_a_mul added 15:29 - Jul 13
Any trialists at the club?

runningout added 16:41 - Jul 13
TV spoiling football...

rfretwell added 17:21 - Jul 13
Didsy starting the season injured again. Doesn't bode well for a full campaign again this season either

jas0999 added 17:37 - Jul 13
Great opportunity to bed our new players in.

Seasider added 17:53 - Jul 13
Do I suspect a touch of irony there JAS

airliner added 18:01 - Jul 13
We swapped a perfectly good player for one that's got an injury, how does make sense ?

gibbo added 18:10 - Jul 13
It wasn't a swap it's cost us the best part of the million we were promised was available last season

spanishblue added 18:28 - Jul 13
McGoldrick already injured missed Irish game ? Not april yet so be another 9 months for hes ready to play

jas0999 added 18:33 - Jul 13
Seasider - possibly ... !!

Kirbmeister added 18:39 - Jul 13
Even if MM had money, which quality players will want to come here if they also have the pick of bigger richer clubs? We're stuck with what we have. Be prepared for a long hard season.

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