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Davids eager to improve Barnet

14 October 2012

Edgar Davids admits he has got plenty to do to turn around struggling Barnet's fortunes after seeing them crushed 4-1 by Plymouth in his first game as joint-head coach.

Davids, 39, a Champions League winner with Ajax and former Holland international, joined League Two's bottom club this week to assist manager Mark Robson and was quickly given a taste of their troubles.

And after seeing first-hand the state the Bees are in, Davids insists he is ready to roll his sleeves up and help out. "I think they have a young squad and Academy talent and I think it's important to develop their progress," he said. "I was observing and analysing the game and from there we can work in the coming weeks to progress for a win."

Rhys Griffiths converted a penalty to put Plymouth ahead after just two minutes, Maxime Blanchard then headed the visitors two-nil up and while Dave Stephens pulled one back before the break, Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke Young eased the Pilgrims home.

"I sat up in the stand for a better view but I am disappointed when we lose to set-pieces," Davids added. "We have to work on that. I saw some good spells but we have to work. There were some great spells in how we kept the ball and attacked. There is still potential and they can still play."

While the defeat left Barnet seven points short of safety, Plymouth moved up to 18th after recording back-to-back wins for the first time under manager Carl Fletcher. The Pilgrims dominated at set-pieces, with Blanchard and Cowan-Hall both netting from headers, and Fletcher admits the hours spent on the training ground are finally paying off.

"I'm really pleased. We got a couple of early goals and I think that apart from a 20-25 minute spell at the end of the first half, I felt we were in full control of the game," he said.

"I was really pleased and it was great to score four goals away from home. I thought we coped well second half, especially with the slope.

"I was delighted for Maxime. We work quite hard on our set-pieces and probably haven't scored the goals we would have liked. I'm delighted for him and delighted for the team because they work so hard. He's only 5ft 11in but he'll tell you he's 6ft 1in, but you can see how many headers he does win.

"To be honest, he was so surprised he scored that I thought he was going to collapse afterwards. Rhys worked his socks off and he was a lot better for the game last week. He was fresh and ran around and showed some quality."

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