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League Two

Robson raves for brilliant O'Brien

22 August 2012

Barnet boss Mark Robson sang the praises of goalkeeper Liam O'Brien after his second-half heroics earned a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.

With only nine minutes on the clock Ricky Holmes burst into the box to put the home side ahead, but Matt Harrold headed home soon after half-time before O'Brien ensured the scores stayed level with a string of saves from Harrold, Eliot Richards and Wayne Brown.

Robson said: "Liam was outstanding and he made a lot of very good saves for us. He can be really pleased with his performance. Hopefully he can take some confidence from that into the next game.

"It was a good point in the end because it gets us up and running - and that's exactly what we needed after Saturday.

"But you could also say it was two points lost because we've given away a disappointing goal from a set piece."

Boss Mark McGhee insists Rovers will need to find their shooting boots soon.

He said: "We're a little bit disappointed we haven't come away with all three points.

"The quality of finishing could have been better but O'Brien pulled off some terrific saves, so well done to him.

"Matt took his goal well but we expect him to score more from open play. At times like others he was standing still and we need him to be on the move.

"The effort was there on Saturday and it was there again in the first-half. Barnet made us turn into the corners to their credit and stopped us from building any real momentum. But in the second half we got the ball down and played it around a bit more which was pleasing to see."


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