Brennan Believes His Barnet Side Are Now In Pole Position

Dean Brennan says Barnet eyes are firmly fixed on finishing second this season - and he thinks there’s every chance of them doing it.

The Bees boss set his team the target as soon as it became clear Chesterfield were champions-in-waiting.

He says going into the play-offs as runners up will only enhance their EFL chances after finding out the painful way last May.

His side ended the last campaign fifth, meaning they had to face an Eliminator and they fell badly short against a Boreham Wood side who went on to lose an agonising semi-final to eventual Promotion Final winners Notts County.

A top three birth means they skip all that and head straight for the weekend semis but ending the campaign second would be a big tick against their name, the Irishman says.

“I think our points target will help us get second,” he said after Monday’s 3-1 win over Oxford City. “We’re in pole position to do that and I’m confident we can do it as well.

“We do take things one game at a time and respect the opposition. We managed to rotate today, which was important, but the key to anything in life is that you can only go one day at a time, especially in this business.

"It’s been a fantastic weekend for us, and it was important we picked up four points over Easter, and we managed to do it, it was our target.”

He then revealed he has a new nickname for striker Nicke Kabamba - Didier Drogba.

After his brilliant goal against Solihull Moors in front of the TNT Sports cameras on Good Friday, Brennan said: “They’re great personalities in the dressing room. Nicke is getting goals again. He scored the other day against Solihull - what a goal that was! I thought it was Didier Drogba, so I’ve been calling Drogba the last couple of days!”

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