Read Michael's notes in the Barnet match programme
Welcome back to our second home game in a week as we take on Barnet. Martin Allen is such an experienced manager and he will have his players ready and well prepared for this game; they will relish the prospect of trying to become the first side to beat us here this season. It all adds spice to what should be another really good game.
Clearly the one thing we will guard against above all else is complacency after the win against Plymouth on Tuesday. The last time we won a big Tuesday game was against Swindon and for some reason we were then a little flat on the following Saturday at home to AFC Wimbledon. If you want to be successful then you have to learn as you go along, so we have to remember that week and make sure that we are just as focussed and hungry today as we were on Tuesday.
We should have Jordan Graham back after suspension today and that gives us one more option up top. Danny Hylton and Callum O’Dowda have both missed games recently and come back firing on all cylinders and I am sure that Jordan will want to do the same this afternoon. It gives me a decision or two to make, but as a manager they are exactly the sort of headaches you want to have.
Finally, as I am sure you are aware, this week will see the launch of the club’s new Community Trust. As a staff and as a squad, we fully understand the importance of our work to support the community team and we are right behind everything they do. The players spend many hours visiting great projects that the club is involved in and it is always a pleasure to be part of these events. We look forward to the Gala Dinner on Thursday and to being part of the club’s fantastic future, on and off the pitch.
You can read the full version of these notes in the Barnet match programme, available for just £3, or online at www.matchdayfix.com/oufc from 1pm on the day of the game (or 9am for subscribers).