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+Barney back from the Orient

Posted on 20 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Lee Barnard is hoping to get firmly back on the goal trail for the reserves after experiencing mixed fortunes during a two-month loan spell at Leyton Orient.

The top scorer for the second string made a good start against Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening, netting a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park. His stint at Brisbane Road was hampered by injury after finding his feet in the new environment and it was a desire to secure a regular starting spot again that saw him happy to return to the Spurs fold.

"It was up and down, I enjoyed it there but in the last couple of games I was sub and I need to play so that is why I've come back," reflected the Academy graduate.

"Against Oldham in the FA Cup I got a bang on the foot, it turned out to be bad bone bruising and I also damaged the tendon. I was out for a few games and it was a bit uncomfortable."

Lee was not the only Orient player to suffer misfortune and manager Martin Ling had regular injury problems to contend with.

"I wanted to go on loan, I was playing well for the reserves and scoring goals. I thought it was the right time but, while it was hard, I gained valuable experience.

"Most weeks we were down to the bare bones and seemed to be getting injuries nearly every week. We didn't do too bad considering, we lost a few games but got some good results."

While Clive Allen has encouraged Lee to get into more scoring positions and to quell his previous knack of dropping off the front to turn provider, at Orient he was asked to revert to to his former game.

"I was coming deeper, working the channels and the chances weren't coming. In the first few games I hardly got a sniff then, after the injury, I thought I did well and was shooting more and looking to score.

"On our day we were a good team, out best game was probably against Walsall in the LDV Vans - we passed them off the park. But, when we had a bad day, we really did have a bad day.

"It was different and I enjoyed it. I like Leyton Orient but need to play, I'm now looking to get back among the goals and push on."