New sign­ing has big im­pact at both ends for Barnet

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Ses­sions

BARNET in­terim man­ager Rossi Eames heaped praise on new sign­ing Ri­cardo San­tos af­ter his dou­ble in­spired this win over ri­vals Ley­ton Ori­ent.

It had been a fairly even con­test un­til the 63rd minute when San­tos opened the scor­ing fol­low­ing a mis­take by O’s goal­keeper Alex Cisak.

The ex-Peter­bor­ough cen­tral de­fender added a sec­ond three min­utes later and, al­though Paul Mc­Cal­lum pulled one back for the hosts, Cur­tis We­ston made sure of the points with Bees’ third in ad­di­tional time.

Eames said: “Ri­cardo stops goals and scores them. He has been do­ing some fin­ish­ing prac­tice with John Akinde so that’s worked out well.

“The chair­man An­thony Klean­t­hous has been fan­tas­tic bring­ing Ri­cardo in at the age he is (21) and he’s been im­mense in his first two games.”

San­tos, who started his ca­reer with Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, was ex­cel­lent and a lead­ing pres­ence through­out.

But Ori­ent would have been kick­ing them­selves hav­ing en­joyed a strong pe­riod of pres­sure prior to the opener.

Andy Ed­wards’ team failed to de­fend a short cor­ner and then Cisak couldn’t keep hold of the loose ball and San­tos fired home.

Just three min­utes later Nana Kyei showed great trick­ery on

the left and crossed in for the de­fender to ma­jes­ti­cally flick home.

It left O’s shell-shocked, al­though they did re­duce the ar­rears with 11 min­utes re­main­ing when Mc­Cal­lum pow­ered home Cal­lum Kennedy’s cor­ner.

Five min­utes of ad­di­tional time of­fered the east Lon­don­ers more hope, but Barnet broke and added a third.

Ja­mal Camp­bel­lRyce’s scooped ef­fort hit the cross­bar, and We­ston was on hand to fire into the net.

Ed­wards said: “We keep speak­ing and work­ing on be­ing hard to play against and for pe­ri­ods we were, but lapses of con­cen­tra­tion and mis­takes are cost­ing us dear. “All the teams that are down the bot­tom have a lack of con­fi­dence and we are try­ing to re­build ours. “For half-an-hour we were a match for Barnet and then they got on top for the last 15 min­utes of the first half. “In the sec­ond half it was a pretty even game un­til the goal, which is a cheap one to give away. We didn’t deal with the set-piece or re­act quickly enough and straight away the con­fi­dence sapped out of the play­ers.” Ori­ent were dealt an­other blow a cou­ple of days be­fore the derby when it was con­firmed cap­tain Rob­bie Weir would miss the rest of the sea­son through in­jury. The former Bur­ton Albion mid­fielder suf­fered an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment dam­age to­wards the end of Mon­day’s 4-0 de­feat at Ex­eter City.

With Jay Simp­son re­main­ing “un­avail­able” due to his de­sire to leave the club and sev­eral other in­jury is­sues, O’s boss Ed­wards has a num­ber of prob­lems.

But Barnet’s up­ward tra­jec­tory un­der Eames and fel­low man­ager Henry New­man con­tin­ues and they moved into the play-off places fol­low­ing this vic­tory at Brisbane Road.

Af­ter Martin Allen’s shock de­par­ture to Eastleigh on De­cem­ber 1, the duo have won four of their six games in charge.

Eames was de­lighted to record an­other suc­cess in Lon­don af­ter beat­ing Ply­mouth Ar­gyle 1-0 at home on Mon­day.

He added: “The tim­ing of the goals is al­ways im­por­tant, but we were a threat all game. We cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties and it was only a mat­ter of time re­ally, so we’re pleased.”

Mean­while Ed­wards dis­cussed the chances of Ori­ent strength­en­ing their de­pleted squad this month.

He said: “I’ve spo­ken with peo­ple at the club about tar­gets, but some of those tar­gets are gone now.

“We haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to strengthen yet, but I’d hope we can get play­ers in.”

PIC­TURES: Jack Beard/ Pro Sports Images

GIV­ING A LIFT: Ri­cardo San­tos cel­e­brates his first goal

TAY­LOR MADE: Harry Tay­lor tus­sles Ori­ent’s Josh Koroma, left, while Tom Parkes is dis­pos­sessed by Jack Tay­lor, right


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