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Barnard hails good point

30 March 2013

Striker's praise for Latics' defenders


Lee Barnard was delighted to end his goal drought at high-flying Swindon Town where he described Latics' 1-1 draw in npower League One as a “good point.”

The 28-year-old striker (pictured) explained they knew it would be a tough game as proved the case.

"We managed to get in front and it was a shame we didn’t hold on, but in the end it was a good point as they had a few chances and we were hanging on," he explained.

Barnard praised the players at the opposite end of the pitch for their at times heroic defending.

"It was great defending and we have taken a point away from home against a team from the top end of the table," he continued.

Barnard also thanked Lee Croft for setting up his goal following a piece of trickery on the wing.

He said: "I think he has set up all three of my goals for Latics and he is a good winger.

"He did good work down the line, cut in and put a good ball across to me which thankfully I managed to put away."

Barnard, who scored in each of his first two games for Latics, was delighted to be back on the scoresheet after going seven games without finding the net.

He said: “I had one good chance at Stevenage which I was disappointed not to finish, but since then haven’t had that many good openings.

"It has been frustrating as a striker because you want chances, but I have been trying to work hard for the team and give something other than scoring goals which is my job.

"It has been tough, but was good to get a goal against Swindon."

Barnard is unfazed by Latics dropping back into the bottom four, despite their battling draw at Swindon. Scunthorpe United's win at home to Leyton Orient  lifted the Iron out of the relegation places.

He said: "It is still in our own hands and we have two games in hand on most of the teams around us.

"We are taking one game at a time and just concentrating on ourselves."


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