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BARNEY'S GOAL

Posted on 7 December 2005  - 12:00

Lee Barnard admitted he did harbour a little concern in the summer over whether he would be able to repeat or better his Club record goal output for the reserves this season.

Lee Barnard admitted he did harbour a little concern in the summer over whether he would be able to repeat or better his Club record goal output for the reserves this season.

Barney netted 17 goals in 17 games last season, beating the previous Barclays Premiership Reserve League South record set by Willem Korsten in season 2000-01.

The 21-year-old has certainly picked up where he left off though - having already netted 10 goals in ten starts this term, with six in his last three.

"It is a good little run for me at the moment so hopefully I will keep it going," reflected the striker after hitting two against Portsmouth last time out.

"I suppose it is confidence but I am getting chances at the moment. I could have had another one or two but it is going well."

Such is the belief in his own ability of the Romford-born player at the moment, he is managing to get shots away and score goals from battles with defenders he is very much second favourite to succeed in - his first goals against Crystal Palace and Portsmouth proving cases in point.

"It is true and, like you say, I am riding high with confidence and I'm not scared to try anything.

"If I'm not the favourite to win a battle I make sure I give it my best to try and win it. It is going well.

"I did wonder whether I would be able to match or top last season's total, to be honest. With 17 goals last season it was my best for a long time and it is always harder the next season. It is going okay at the moment and hopefully I can break that record."

With the goals now flowing freely, Lee must wonder if spending his formative years at the club playing as a second striker linking up attack and midfield utilised his talents to the maximum. His workrate was extremely high at the time, but goal output moderate.

"It's true, I am a bit more lazy - or should I say selfish - and try and get in the box more rather than linking up. It is paying off though.

"I'm still waiting to get involved with the first team and, if I keep going, hopefully my chance will come."