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From Nationwide Conference Preview Week 10
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Allen dishes out instructions

Barnet manager Martin Allen admits it has been a good week for the north London club - despite being edged out by Brentford in the LDV Vans Trophy.

The Bees boss watched his side push their Second Division opponents all the way in a game which ended 3-3 at the end of extra time. But the Conference club's hopes of reaching the second round were dashed 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after Guy Lopez, Solomon Henry and Liam Hatch netted for Barnet in normal time.

Brentford manager Wally Downes admitted he was "impressed" by Allen's men, revealing it was "only the desperation of the situation that got us back into the game."

Allen said: "It was a great game of football and a good advert for Barnet Football Club.

"All our young players acquitted themselves excellently and it's just a shame that when we were 2-1 up and we hit the post twice one of those didn't go in because I think we would have gone on to win the game."

The former West Ham midfielder has also completed the loan signings of Wimbledon keeper Shane Gore and Reading's Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Joe Gamble until the end of the season.

Allen said: "Shane's got hunger, an excellent attitude and he's had a lot of experience at Wimbledon."

He added about Gamble: "Steve Coppell's agreed to let him stay with us for the rest of the season, which is good news as he's been in excellent form."

All in all, Allen feels he has reason to be optimistic, with his injury-hit side sitting in fourth place in the Conference table, despite having lost their last two league games. He added: "I've got total faith in the team and we've done extremely well to get where we are."

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