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BARN STORMER

Posted on 6 October 2005  - 12:00

Clive Allen believes Lee Barnard is reaping the benefits of working overtime on the training pitch.

Clive Allen believes Lee Barnard is reaping the benefits of working overtime on the training pitch.

The striker made it three goals in five games this season with a classic header to earn a draw at reigning champions Charlton on Monday.

Barney's got better and better last season with 17 goals in 17 games for the reserves and a fine strike on first team duty in the end of season friendly against the Mauritius national team.

He's firing on all cylinders again this term. Coach Clive said: "Lee wants to work all the time and that's a fantastic attitude to have."

He's put some quality work in and I think you see a consistent threat now from him

"Whoever we're playing, the likelihood is that when we create chances, he will be on the end of them. Charlton was a fine headed goal and you can see his anticipation and the desire to get into the right place to score goals.

"You can see the rewards of the work he's put into the training ground and the confidence he now has, so full credit to him."